Nick Maclean Quartet Feat Brownman Ali
A fast rising star in Toronto's jazz piano community, 26 year old Nick Maclean takes influences from Herbie Hancock’s Blue Note era records for his powerhouse quartet's explorations of modern, original repertoire while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history..
"Nick Maclean stands out for me as one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years"
- Adrean Farrugia
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.
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 Tyler Goertzen on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.
This compelling ensemble features Randy Brecker's renowned young protege, the now internationally acclaimed jazz-trumpet iconoclast (and Browntasauras' CEO) BROWNMAN ALI (Jay-z, Missy Elliot, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones) who is heralded by the New York Village Voice as "Canada's preeminent Jazz Trumpet Player" and toured the globe extensively with the legendary jazz-hip-hop rapper GURU (of Gangstarr fame) as the featured trumpet soloist of Guru's Jazzmatazz.