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Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear.

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Trumpeter/Composer Ian Carey's 5th CD, "Interview Music: A Suite For Quintet+1," To Be Released April 8 By Carey's Kabocha Records

Trumpeter/Composer Ian Carey's 5th CD, "Interview Music: A Suite For Quintet+1," To Be Released April 8 By Carey's Kabocha Records

Bay Area trumpeter and composer Ian Carey’s big, bold new jazz suite, Interview Music, is the centerpiece of his like-titled new album, due for release by his Kabocha Records on April 8. The piece, which was premiered in 2013 at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) in Berkeley, is a 45- minute, four-movement adventure and Carey’s ...

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Bay Area Bassist/Composer Fred Randolph To Release 3rd CD, "Song Without Singing," August 28

Bay Area Bassist/Composer Fred Randolph To Release 3rd CD, "Song Without Singing," August 28

One of the busiest bassists on the rich jny: San Francisco Bay Area music scene for more than 15 years, in demand for his work on acoustic, electric, and fretless bass, Fred Randolph has been an integral part of bands led by artists from Ian Carey and Akira Tana to Dan Hicks and Maria Muldaur. For ...

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Bryan Bowman: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Drummer and composer Bryan Bowman creates his recording debut with Like Minds, a well-executed set of eleven original compositions falling into the contemporary jazz category with a strong foundation of post-bop. Bowman's quintet is comprised of: Bob Kenmotsu on tenor saxophone, Ian Carey on trumpet and flugelhhorn, Matt Clark on piano and Doug Miller on bass. ...

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Bryan Bowman: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene for some time, drummer and composer Bryan Bowman makes his recording debut as leader on Like Minds, a well-crafted eleven-piece musical statement of original contemporary jazz containing a touch of bop, blues and some burning accessible material delivered with a lot of spirit. Hailing from a ...

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Trumpeter Ian Carey To Premiere "Interview Music: A Suite For Quintet+1" In Berkeley, Sept. 20

Trumpeter Ian Carey To Premiere "Interview Music: A Suite For Quintet+1" In Berkeley, Sept. 20

“The first thing you need to know about ‘Interview Music,’” says Bay Area trumpeter and composer Ian Carey about his new jazz suite, “is that it’s not about trying to get more interviews.” (Though he’s not averse to the idea, he adds.) The piece, which will be premiered at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) in ...

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Ian Carey and Ben Stolorow: Duocracy

Read "Duocracy" reviewed by Jeffrey Uhrich

Trumpeter Ian Carey and pianist Ben Stolorow shed all inhibitions and strip down to the bare essentials with their provocative new release, Duocracy. As seasoned veterans of the jny: San Francisco Bay area jazz scene, Carey and Stolorow each have released critically acclaimed albums as leaders and began playing together while gigging in the Bay Area. ...

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Kabocha Records To Release "Duocracy," Duo Album By Trumpeter Ian Carey And Pianist Ben Stolorow

Kabocha Records To Release "Duocracy," Duo Album By Trumpeter Ian Carey And Pianist Ben Stolorow

In the musical realm of Duocracy, the new CD by trumpeter Ian Carey and pianist Ben Stolorow, “two” rules. Mainstays on the Bay Area jazz scene, Carey and Stolorow have released highly regarded albums as leaders but found their way to the duo format after several satisfying gigs together last year. They chose to capture their ...

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"Roads & Codes," By Ian Carey Quintet+1, To Be Released By Kabocha Records Feb. 19

"Roads & Codes," By Ian Carey Quintet+1, To Be Released By Kabocha Records Feb. 19

For the last decade, Bay Area trumpeter/composer Ian Carey has been developing his singular, post-bop-inflected music with a stable quintet of formidable improvisers, documented in the CDs Sink/Swim (2005) and Contextualizin’ (2010). In recent years Carey has wanted to explore more complex writing, and move further away from head-solo-head conventions. The result is Roads & Codes, Carey’s ...

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The Ian Carey Quintet: Contextualizin'

Read "Contextualizin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trumpeter Ian Carey's Contextualizin' is a digital Masters seminar. First, of course, is the music: solid, acoustic, composed, progressive, explorative. Second, is the exegesis, Carey's realization that, ..."what I played would help shape how I played..." Not technically dazzling, Carey, like Miles Davis, chooses to focus on which notes he plays (and doesn't) and their relative ...