NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. Brownman Ali
CD Release Party for “Rites Of Ascension”(Browntasauras Records, 2017)
This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’sexplorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star inToronto’s jazz piano community, 26 year old NICK MACLEAN. Formed in 2016,Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtfulintrospection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from HerbieHancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute tosome of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.
Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swingingpost-bop era, the group has been busy in the Ontario jazz club circuit andfeatured in numerous festivals and concert series including multipleappearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and anoften requested backing band. In addition to their original material, theensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz mastersincluding Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, ClarkTerry & Cole Porter.
The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collectiveimprovisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvisingtrumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder withMaclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: JesseDietschi on bass and Tyler Goertzen on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.
The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album ‘Rites Of Ascension’ features 6Maclean-penned originals, 1 Brownman composition and 4 re-imagined HerbieHancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios inToronto. Produced by Brownman Ali, this new release is available onBrowntasauras Records.
:: Nick Maclean – piano
:: Brownman Ali – trumpet
:: Mike Downes – bass ***SPECIAL GUEST***
:: Tyler Goertzen – drums
See them on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLnM3JVyZw