NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. BROWNMAN ALI
NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. BROWNMAN ALI (Toronto)
Drom Taberna | www.DromTaberna.com
458 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A8
7:00pm - 10:00pm
:: Nick Maclean - piano
:: Brownman Ali - trumpet
:: Jesse Dietschi - bass
:: Mateo Mancuso - drums (in for Jacob Wutzke)
The multi-award-winning NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. BROWNMAN ALI returns for an outdoor, socially distanced performance at Drom Taberna. Led by 29-year old fast-rising piano star NICK MACLEAN -- a 6x Global Music Award winner, a graduate of the University of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto -- this contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock's primordial 1960's Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history
Maclean's quartet heavily features one of Canada's most provocative improvising trumpet players -- BROWNMAN ALI, heralded as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player" by New York City's Village Voice. Recognized as an internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast, he currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY & Toronto, Canada and is a 2x National Jazz Award winner. This jazz veteran is best known globally as the last trumpet player with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group GURU's JAZZMATAZZ, having replaced Donald Byrd in that seminal ensemble. For this show, Ali & Maclean stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 2 of Toronto's top-tier 20-somethings: JESSE DIETSCHI on upright bass, and MATEO MANCUSO on drums (subbing for JACOB WUTZKE on drums, who's at McGill Univ. doing his Masters!)
This outdoor, socially distanced performance features a night of deeply exploratory, hard-swinging modern-jazz audiences in Toronto will not want to miss.
Nick Maclean Quartet perform the Maclean original 'Elasticity of Time and Space'
Nick Maclean Quartet perform the Brownman original 'Madness of Nero'
Nick Maclean Quartet perform the Herbie Hancock classic 'One Finger Snap'
Nick Maclean Quartet's multi award-winning debut release RITES OF ASCENSION
"Nick Maclean's "Rites Of Ascension" is nicely twisted and baked! A fresh look at Herbie Hancock classics and delicious new original themes all presented with taste and virtuosity. No safety net here, everyone is living on the edge. Nick's playing and writing is sublime, Brownman sounds ferocious and the rhythm section is an unstoppable force. This is truly jazz at it's adventurous best. I love the music these guys make. You will too."
- Bruce Cassidy, Blood Sweat & Tears alumni, EVI world authority
"From Canada comes this updated soul jazz in the vein of the Blue Note acid jazz compilations. Fresh and youthfully joyful reworkings of three Herbie Hancock standards lead the disc off before we settle into several of pianist Maclean's own compositions. Key to the sound is the gloriously expressive trumpeter Brownman Ali, who contributes one of his own tunes here, the funky "Madness of Nero", as well as producing."
- Hobart Taylor, KUCI 88.9 FM (California, USA)
"Rites Of Ascension is one of the best [recordings] I have heard this year (and I receive about 60 + per month). Well above average, and that Brownman Ali is just fantastic and sure rings a bell for me! Nick Maclean's compositions and renditions of Herbie's stuff is of the highest standard. Bring them to Montreal please!"
- Richard Therien, CKVL 101.1 FM (Montreal, Canada)
About NICK MACLEAN QUARTET
This contemplative and often thrilling quartet's explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto's jazz piano community, 29 year old NICK MACLEAN. Formed in 2016, Maclean's foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock's primordial 1960's Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.
Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group has been busy in the Ontario jazz club circuit and featured in numerous festivals and concert series including multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. Most recently the group mounted a pair of highly ambitious tours across Canada and to the UK to the delight of jazz lovers in these farther flung regions.
The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada's most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto's top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Jesse Dietschi on bass and Jacob Wutzke 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 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto. Produced by Brownman Ali, this new disk was released on October 31st, 2017 and was nominated for CJSF's '2018 Julian Award of Excellence', it won a 'Gold' Global Music Award in the 'jazz', 'band', and 'album' categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards' 'Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018'.
About BROWNMAN and BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS
Trinidadian-born, NYC-schooled & heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” 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 8 unique ensembles of his own including the internationally acclaimed, Miles Davis influenced, BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO. From 2006 to 2010 Brownman was the featured soloist with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group GURU's JAZZMATAZZ (led by the iconic rapper GURU, of Gangstarr fame), catapulting him into the pages of hip-hip history. He has since worked with the likes of Jay-z, Mos Def, Missy Elliot, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane & Kool Herc. In 2009 Brownman 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 NICK MACLEAN QUARTET. Now, using the label as a breeding ground for new and visionary talent in the modern jazz realm, Browntasauras and Brownman himself are widely regarded as vanguards for the evolution of Jazz in Canada and around the globe.