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Nick Fraser and Tony Malaby: improvising at the edges of compositions (video)

When Toronto (and ex-Ottawa) drummer Nick Fraser released his CD, Towns and Villages, with NYC saxophonist Tony Malaby two years ago, it turned out to be the start of a very fruitful musical relationship.

Nick Fraser Quartet at GigSpace  ©2013 Brett Delmage

Together with cellist Andrew Downing and bassist Rob Clutton, they're now on their third tour together, with a stop tonight in Ottawa at the Raw Sugar Café as part of the IMOO series.

On their second tour, OttawaJazzScene.ca filmed the group in concert at GigSpace, and interviewed Fraser about his compositions and how the group interprets and improvises on them. It's an experience he enthuses about: "It's pretty exciting for me to play my music with these guys who I admire so much. It's a dream for me, honestly,"

Our video story includes excerpts from the GigSpace show and the interview with Fraser.

    – Brett Delmage

See the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with Fraser about the album: Nick Fraser's CD is full of resonances [2013].