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Announcements: “Roads & Codes” CD Release Show, February 21!

Hello folks, I’m pleased to report that after quite a while spent writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, and designing the artwork,  the CD release show for the Ian Carey Quintet+1’s new album, Roads & Codes, will be held February 21 in Oakland! This group has been playing together for close to ten years, but Roads & Codes (“on the cutting edge of new sounds and exciting compositions for modern jazz” —CriticalJazz), represents our most ambitious effort yet.

The show will be next Thursday, February 21 at 8pm, at a nice new venue in Oakland’s uptown neighborhood, The Sound Room. It will feature the exact same personnel as the CD, even including Evan Francis, who we’re lucky to have joining us from his new digs in New York, and newest addition to the group, the great Kasey Knudsen, performing all the music from the album (including new arrangements of works by Stravinsky, Ives, and Neil Young) and select “hits” from our previous CDs. The show will also feature the original art which I’ve created for the album in both projected formats and as signed prints for sale.

And to sweeten the pot for those on the fence, everyone purchasing a ticket will recieve a FREE COPY of the CD!

WHAT: Kabocha Records and Bay Area Jazz & Arts present The Ian Carey Quintet+1: CD Release & Art Show for Roads & Codes
WHO: Evan Francis, flute & tenor saxophone; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Adam Shulman, piano; Jon Arkin, drums; Fred Randolph, bass; Ian Carey, trumpet, flugelhorn, illustrations
WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 8pm
WHERE: The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway (@ 22nd St.), Oakland
TICKETS: $15, includes free CD with purchase! (advance tix available here.)

Next Tuesday (2/19) will be the official “street date” of the album, which means it will be available for purchase at various sites around the web (links to come) and will (knock on wood) be heard on radio stations across the land.

Hope to see you Thursday!

First Look: Art for “Roads & Codes”

Since I guess it wasn’t enough work for me to write, arrange, rehearse, record, mix, and design my upcoming CD, Roads & Codes (due out Feb. 26),  I decided to incorporate my love of graphic novels and manga into the cover art. (Some of my favorite creators are Daniel Clowes, Jiro Taniguchi, Chris Ware, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, and my dad, who’s been compiling books of dream drawings for years.)

It’ll be a serious time investment, but: a) I’m excited about testing my illustration chops, b) anything that gets the CD noticed and helps it stand out from that pile of discs gathering dust in Joe Jazz Critic’s closet (or the used CD bins!) is good, and c) I only do this every few years, so why not go all out?

I’m still figuring out what story the front cover is going to tell, but the back cover will feature a series of illustrations, each inspired by one of the tunes. I’ll be sharing them here as I finish them.

Here’s are the first four tune illustrations–the first is for our version of Andante (the first movement of Suite #1 for Small Orch.) by Stravinsky, the second for  “6 Av Local,” my tribute to the morning ride from Brooklyn on the F train; the third for “Nemuri Kyoshiro,” my samurai-movie-inspired blues; and the fourth for our cover of Neil Young’s haunting theme to the great Western Dead Man. (Click to see the full images.)

Click to see full-size.

Stay tuned for more–hope I can finish them all in time to press the CD!