Nick Fraser photo by Brett Delmage
Tickets $18 general / $16 Earshot members & seniors (60+) / $10 students & veteran/military
Earshot audiences have already had a chance to hear the singular musical voices of drummer Nick Fraser, pianist Kris Davis, and saxophonist Tony Malaby, whose collective energy and striking kinship was recorded on their 2015 album Too Many Continents, a “grand slam” (Peter Gough, The Free Jazz Collective). The trio features compositions by Fraser and improvisations by the group
Composer and drummer Nick Fraser, a fixture of the Toronto progressive jazz scene since 1995, has led projects including the cooperative group Drumheller, Ugly Beauties, Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four, and Titanium Riot, and is one of the founding members of the Association of Improvising Musicians in Toronto.
What critic Mark Miller describes as Fraser’s “feeling for economical gestures and innate sense of form” is a suitable match for prolific New York based pianist and composer Kris Davis. From her acclaimed trio with John Hébert and Tom Rainey (which performed at the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival), to work with Paul Motian, Mary Halvorson, Bill Frisell, and her recent duo with Craig Tabor, Davis’ experience and wide palate of influences show through her playing’s exacting adventurousness.
Saxophonist Tony Malaby’s playing, both fluid and fierce, low-down and operatic, has also brought new, harmonically rich tests of expression to New York. Based there since 1995, Malaby has played with notable groups such as Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, and Fred Hersch’s Trio +2, as well as a leader himself. His debut Sabino made the New York Times and Philadelphia City Paper’s top 10 jazz lists for 2000.
These veteran leaders’ long years of friendship show through their ensemble’s astonishing synchronicity, compositional unity, and swing, making their collaboration an extraordinary chance to hear new musical ideas in their fullest and most thoughtful expression.