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Nick Maclean Quartet feat. Brownman
$10—$15 advance, $15 door
From the Promoter
The award-winning NICK MACLEAN QUARTET returns to the Avant Garde Bar in Ottawa for the fourth stop of their August tour. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star NICK MACLEAN, this contemplative and often thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60's Blue Note era Herbie Hancock and features internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast and "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player" (NYC Village Voice) BROWNMAN ALI alongside some of the top 20-something jazz musicians Canada has to offer making this show a night of hard-swinging modern-jazz audiences will not want to miss!
READ OttawaJazzScene.ca's Alayne McGregor and her profile of Nick Maclean and his Quartet: ottawajazzscene.ca/news/12256-nick-ma...
"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 88.9FM (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 at CIBL Radio-Montréal 101.5 FM