The Kingston Jazz Society is proud to present Toronto drummer Nick Fraser‘s latest project, Towns and Villages, on Sunday February 3rd at 4pm at The Mansion.
- Nick Fraser (drums)
- Tony Malaby (Sax)
- Andrew Downing (cello)
- Rob Clutton (bass)
Nick Fraser releases “Towns and Villages” featuring Tony Malaby with a mini-tour Feb 1st-3rd, 2013.
- Feb 1, 2013. Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival
- Feb 2, Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto.
- Feb 3, Kingston Jazz Society, The Mansion, 4pm.
“Towns and Villages” is the debut recording by the Nick Fraser Quartet. It features the leader on drums, New York saxophonist Tony Malaby, Andrew Downing on cello and Rob Clutton on double bass. It is Fraser’s first recording for the Barnyard Records label, a label that has been at the forefront of new jazz and creative music in Toronto for the past ten years. The music, composed by Fraser, consists mainly of short sketches that are jumping off points for free improvisation.
As a member of Drumheller, the Lina Allemano Four and Peripheral Vision, drummer Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto jazz community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. Nick has performed and recorded with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music in addition to such international artists as Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Joe McPhee, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, and Marilyn Crispell.
The Casino Online group features Tony Malaby, one of the world’s foremost saxophonists in this field of music. He has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, and Mark Helias’ Open Loose. He was named Musician of the Year (2004) by All About Jazz New York who called him “one of the most distinctive artists of his time.”
Prior to forming this group, most of Fraser’s activity as a leader for the last ten years has been focused on the collective quintet, Drumheller. This new quartet is the first group he has had that features only his own compositions since his debut recording, Owls in Daylight (1997). The instrumentation of this group offers many textural and improvisatory possibilities, particularly due to the fact that the cello can function both as a member of the rhythm section and as a more melodic/solo-istic voice. The musical empathy and listening between the group members is apparent in each piece. The album opens with “Prescott: The Fort Town”, one of three group improvisations that are named after small Canadian towns. From the sublime swinging of Fraser’s “Sketch” pieces to the serial chromatic gestures of “Bicycle” and “Tricycle” to the chamber-like stillness of “Ballad for Lydia”, the recording offers virtuoso collective playing, stunning solo turns by each member, and a tremendous roiling energy in its twelve tracks.