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Ian Carey (2014)

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New York state-born trumpeter and composer Ian Carey grew up in a household filled with music and art: his mother worked as an illustrator and arts fund-raiser, and his father as museum exhibit designer, graphics artist—and singer!

Ian first took note of brass quartets, loving that sound, and starting on cornet in high school. After the family moved back to his parents' native California, Ian took up French horn. He did two years of classical trumpet studies at University of Nevada, Reno, and then transferred to the New School, which put him in regular contact with trumpeters Cecil Bridgewater and Charles Tolliver, and with arranger-composer Maria Schneider.

During the years following graduation, Ian's involvement with music was limited by his New York City "day job" as a proofreader, but all that changed after a summer sub-let in San Francisco turned him into a permanent Bay Area resident and back into a hard-working musician.

His highly rated "Roads & Codes" recording shows another side of Ian–—his graphic art, which illustrates front, back and inside. "Roads & Codes" and its two predecessors are all in the quintet or sextet format, and all feature predominantly Ian's own compositions, so his newest recording, "Duocracy", is a double change in that it's a duet with pianist Ben Stolorow featuring standards.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Wolfgang Rubsam J.S. Bach: French Suites 3-6 French Suite No. 3 in B Minor--Allemande Naxos
# 2 Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man Weather Bird Sony
# 3 Art Farmer Art Out of the Past Argo
# 4 Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess Bess, You Is My Woman Now Columbia
# 5 Jimmy Giuffre 3 Trav'lin' Light The Green Country Atlantic
# 6 Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd and Dennis Charles School Days Pannonica Hatology
# 7 Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor Sextet L'Histoire du Clochard Some Echoes Palmetto
# 8 Kenny Wheeler Gnu High Smatter ECM
Book James Joyce, "Ulysses"
Luxury Item A trumpet
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