The great jazz journalist Doug Ramsey’s blog, Rifftides, is one of the not-to-be-missed stops on the jazz web, and he’s also the author of a Paul Desmond biography which I hope to read one of these days. So I was very excited to see he had included Contextualizin’ in his recommendations for this month:

Carey’s self-deprecation in his liner notes would have you believe that he’s not much of a trumpet player. It depends on what you mean by playing. True, there’s not a double high C anywhere on the album and no jet-speed series of gee-whiz chord inversions. Let’s settle for good tone, lyricism and contiguous ideas that lead somewhere. Carey and his young sidemen are in tune with one another, in every sense. In Adam Shulman he has a pianist who understands Bill Evans and in Evan Francis an alto saxophonist to keep an ear on.

UPDATE 3/9: Brian McCoy of the Oakland Jazz Examiner blog put together a series of interesting questions for me about the CD and the band… check it out here.

Contextualizin’ is available at CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes, and don’t forget our CD Release show this Wednesday, March 10!

3 thoughts on “CONTEXTUALIZIN’ on Rifftides”

  1. Wish I could be in Northern Cali to attend, but I don't get out there very often anymore. I really enjoyed the free MP3 of Contextualizin' from that All About Jazz site. I appreciate the sound of you and your band and I think I'll have to go to CDBaby/Amazon and place an order soon!

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