"Ugly Beauties" explores the alien terrains between jazz, compositional and improvised music, with pianist Marilyn Lerner, cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser.
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Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 187
Squidco Product Code: 11636
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded on May 28th-29th, 2008 at Glenn Gould Studio, by Ron Skinner.
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1. Windsor 3:18
2. Oubliette 4:53
3. Harold Lloyd 4:43
4. Minimalism 2:46
5. Faux Amis 1:38
6. Zoetrope 9:01
7. Wallflower 2:42
8. Ding an Sich 3:05
9. Be Done 1:28
10. Also 2:30
11. In a Hurry 4:36
12. Figure and Ground 6:14
13. Corde Lisse 4:12
14. Tombé 2:11
15. Prémonition 1:45
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"Ugly Beauties is the self-titled debut CD of Toronto-based master improvisers pianist Marilyn Lerner, cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser. Recorded in the summer of 2008 at the Glenn Gould Studios at CBC Toronto, the 15 tracks feature both partially written and totally improvised music with composition contributions from each member of the trio.
The trio explores the terrain between jazz, contemporary classical music and improvisation. Piano, cello and drums interweave to create an boundless palette of texture and mood, and the breadth of sonic experimentation at times renders the three instruments indistinguishable from each other.
Lerner, Brubeck and Fraser possess an uncanny synergy and improvisational virtuosity, with allows the music to remain free as it circulates effortlessly around groove, abstract lyricism and harmonic exploration; a compelling listen!"-Ambiances Magnetiques
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"Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth and Kirk MacDonald.
In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Tony Malaby, Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, David Binney, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays. Nick's recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013).
For 10 years, he co-led the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli, who released four critically acclaimed CDs between 2005 and 2013. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.
Nick is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community."-Nick Fraser Website (http://nickfraserthedrummer.com/bio.html)
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