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Nick Fraser Quartet @ BOP STOP

October 8, 8:00pm - July 25, 10:30pm

Nick Fraser Quartet @ BOP STOP

Nick Fraser Quartet:

  • Nick Fraser, drums
  • Tony Malaby, saxophones
  • Rob Clutton, double bass
  • Andrew Downing, cello

Acclaimed Toronto-based drummer and composer, Nick Fraser, leads this outstanding jazz quartet featuring New York saxophonist, Tony Malaby, "one of the most distinctive artists of his time" (All About Jazz). The quartet, rounded out by exceptional string players, Andrew Downing and Rob Clutton, will perform nine concerts in celebration of their new LP and CD, Starer.

The quartet's music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, and comprises a series of Fraser's compositional sketches, points of departure for the inspired group improvisation at which these players excel. Tony Malaby's sinewy, impassioned saxophone improvisations are practically without peer in contemporary jazz, and display a rhythmic imepetus that is complemented beautifully by Fraser's deft drumming. Clutton and Downing provide, by turns, a thick, shifting field of harmonic support and melodic invention. This tour by the Nick Fraser Quartet is a special event in new jazz and creative music.

Nick Fraser is (or has been) a member of Drumheller, The Lina Allemano Four, Peripheral Vision, and Deep Dark United; and has collaborated with many luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, David Binney, and Donny McCaslin. Tony Malaby was named "Musician of the Year" in 2004 by All About Jazz, and has been a member of groups by Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Mark Helias.


Nick Fraser website

Media Reviews:

"There is no ground these musicians fear to tread." -Gabe Girard, Weird Canada

"Fraser not so much plays the drums as hurls himself whole body and soul against skin and metal... truly talented." -Bill Stunt, CBC Radio

"Breathtaking... a constant shape-shifting that never feels rootless or contrived, the perfect balance between total control and complete surrender. -Mark Streeter, NOW

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