Nick Fraser Quartet featuring Tony Malaby
Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since 1995. Fraser has explored the nature of freedom and abstraction jazz, moving unassumingly, yet imaginatively, in, out of, between and beyond the music’s various traditions. It’s in his compositions, which are typically the slightest of melodic turns, sometimes with an Ornette-ish curl – just a few notes repeated, and repeated again, to both catchy and compelling effect. And it’s in his drumming, which is measured more in velocity than in volume, but measured all the same – a fast, shifting undertow of precisely struck and carefully shaped textures and rhythms.