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Rites of Ascension

by Nick Maclean Quartet

Nick Maclean Quartet's debut full-length album "Rites of Ascension" 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.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Cantaloupe Island
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2. Driftin'
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3. One Finger Snap
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4. Temptation of the Crossroads: Blue vs Brown
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5. Goldberg Machine
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6. Nation's Unrest: A Tribal Conflict
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7. Feral Serenity
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8. Elasticity of Time and Space
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9. Madness of Nero
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10. One
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11. Tell Me a Bedtime Story
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Album Notes
:: NICK MACLEAN - piano
:: BROWNMAN ALI - trumpet
:: JESSE DIETSCHI - acoustic bass
feat. speaking samples by Herbie Hancock (tracks 1, 6, 10, 11),
Neil deGrasse Tyson (track 8) & Christopher Hitchens (track 9)

This contemplative and often thrilling quartet's explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto's jazz piano community -- 26 year old NICK MACLEAN. 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 featuring Freddie Hubbard, while simultaneously paying apt tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.

The quartet's debut 11-track full-length album "Rites Of Ascension" features 6 Maclean-penned originals, 1 composition by Brownman and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics. The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and highlights Maclean’s ruminative piano prowess and hand-picked sidemen. Brooklyn / Toronto based Brownman Ali, one of Canada's most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts, stands shoulder to shoulder with Maclean himself & two of Toronto's top-tier rhythm section 20- somethings: Jesse Dietschi on bass and Tyler Goertzen on drums. This recording exemplifies the 4 of them in full flight.

"Rites of Ascension is everything a true "tribute" should be - homage to the inspiration and influence the towering figure of Herbie Hancock has provided to this young pianist, expressed through a voice that is very much one's own.
-- Dave Restivo, Canadian jazz piano legend

“Rites Of Spring” was produced by Brownman Ali and released on his label Browntasauras Records. The label is now widely regarded as a vanguard for new and visionary talent in the evolution of Jazz in Canada.

recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Studios
mixed by Josh Bowman at Bowman Sound
mastered by Nick Blagona at Psychotropic Studios

cover art by Dean Shu

liner notes by Dave Restivo



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Jürg Sommer

Neues Licht auf Herbie Hancock (New light on the music of Herbie Hancock)...a Sw
Cantaloupe Island, Driftin', One Finger Snap, allesamt Kompositionen des Pianisten Herbie Hancock, haben es längst auf die Liste der unverzichtbaren Jazzstandards geschafft. Doch allemal verblüffend, wie das Quartett um den jungen kanadischen Pianisten/Keyboarder Nick Maclean es schafft, neue Funken aus dem Hancock-Repertoire zu schlagen. Als umwerfend spielwitziger Improvisator erweist sich Trompeter/Produzent Brownman Ali, der selbst den Vergleich mit Freddie Hubbard auf den Blue Note CDs von Hancock nicht zu scheuen braucht.