Snaggle Album Release


SNAGGLE, under the leadership of 25-year old rising star pianist Nick Maclean, celebrates the release of their second studio album THE LONG SLOG on the Browntasauras Records label.  This powerhouse 6-man electric-jazzoutfit will perform this night with their producer, internationally acclaimedjazz trumpet iconoclast, Brownman Ali!
Here’s whats been said about THE LONG SLOG
“A very personal and compelling musical statement bursting withwide-ranging influences tied together by a sense of unified purpose, chock-fullof hidden treasures and layers to be uncovered through repeatedlistening.”

– David Restivo, jazz piano legend

“So now my main man Brownman has opened the doors of his label Browntasaurus Records to local artists he’s been associated with in Toronto andother locales, and the first label release from young pianist Nick Maclean’s 6-man electric-jazz group SNAGGLE is most impressive! The music on Long Slog is very, very challenging, yet groovy, soulful & exploratory at the same time. Brown himself guests on 2 tunes and fits in with flying colors — no easy taskgiven how difficult some of this music is! Extremely well performed, writtenand executed you Snagglers, with high-end production from Brown in theproducer’s chair. Very impressive work. Reminds me of a band I used to playin!  Really well done guys.”
– Randy Brecker, multi-Grammy winning trumpet legend / Brownman’s mentor

‘Snaggle’s sophomore recording The Long Slog features funky, thoughtful, andinventive compositions played by an impressive group of young musicians.  Snaggle is definitely more than the sum of its parts!’
– Mike Murley, Juno award winning tenor saxophone icon

Based in Toronto, Snaggle – under the leadership of in-demand 25 year old fast-rising jazz pianist Nick Maclean – is a 6-piece electric-jazz-funkensemble often described by media as ‘Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy’. Sporting an all-original repertoire the group has a fearless and muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between electric-era Miles Davis and Rage Against the Machine. Taking elements from a wide variety of musicalsources including jazz, funk, rock, and metal, Snaggle contextualizes themwithin the improvisational and spontaneous elements of the jazz ideology. Their uniquely brash and infectious brand of jazz-funk is a melodically driven soundincorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop androck, swinging their live show from quietly contemplative all the way toexplosively fierce. The line-up of players in SNAGGLE includes the current Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for ‘fastest drummer in world’, among some of the hottest 20-somethings on the scene, representing the nextgeneration of irreverent, boundary pushing Canadian players and composers. Snaggle has been in high demand in the last year in the Ontario jazz festival circuit, and has been performing regularly in and around the Toronto area since2013.
Trinidadian-born, NYC-schooled & heralded as ‘Canada’s preeminent Jazztrumpeter’ by NYC’s Village Voice, multi-award winning trumpet player Brownman Ali stands at the forefront of innovation in the Canadian jazz community. A protégé to his teacher, Grammy-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker, he tirelessly leads 7 unique ensembles of his own including the internationallyacclaimed, Miles Davis influenced, BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO. In 2009 he launched his own record label: Browntasauras Records, which saw the Electryc Trio’s two now-celebrated recordings garner substantial accolades and press. The label is now a home to all his ensembles as well as the newly signed SNAGGLE. Now, using the label as a breeding ground for new and visionary talent in the modern jazzrealm, Browntasauras and Brownman himself are widely regarded as vanguards forthe evolution of Jazz in Canada.