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Christmas Tune

by Snaggle

Often described as 'Canada's answer to Snarky Puppy' Snaggle plays genre-defying, groovy-as-all-hell electronic jazz. This powerful 6-piece band contextualizes a rich jazz history against the idiosyncrasies of rock, R&B, dance, metal and classical music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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Far from being a typical Holiday Season release, "Christmas tune" is a commentary on some of the defining characteristics of modern commercial Christmas music, much of which are written in major keys, and are drenched in so much saccharin that it red-lines the "happy-happy" meter. Instead, bandleader Nick Maclean's composition presents an antithesis to that Holiday writing approach -- an eclectic and multifaceted exploration of the full spectrum of human emotion.

Nick Maclean - keys
Graeme Wallace - tenor
Max Forster - trumpet
Michael Murray - guitar
Doug Moore - bass
Tom Grosset - drums

Recorded Jan, 2016 by Brian Legere at Bishop Allen Academy, Toronto
Mixed May, 2016 by Josh Bowman at Bowman Sound, Toronto
Mastered July, 2016 by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering, Toronto
Composed by Nick Maclean
Produced by Brownman Ali
Cover Art by Nick Maclean

Based in Toronto, Snaggle -- under the leadership of in-demand 25 year old fast-rising jazz pianist Nick Maclean -- is a 6-piece electric-jazz-funk ensemble often described by media as “Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy”. Sporting an all-original repertoire the group has a fearless and muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between electric-era Miles Davis and Rage Against the Machine. Taking elements from a wide variety of musical sources including jazz, funk, rock, and metal, Snaggle contextualizes them within the improvisational and spontaneous elements of the jazz ideology. Their uniquely brash and infectious brand of jazzfunk is a melodically driven sound which incorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop and rock, swinging their live show from quietly contemplative all the way to explosively fierce - sometimes all within the same tune. The line-up of players in SNAGGLE includes the current Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for “world’s fastest drummer”, as well as some of the hottest 20-somethings on the scene, representing the next generation of irreverent, boundary pushing Canadian players and composers. Snaggle has been in high demand in the last year in the Ontario jazz festival circuit, and has been performing regularly in and around the Toronto area since 2013.

In 2013 the band independently released its debut, self-titled album; in 2015 the band released an EP project entitled Unexpected Guests which was produced in collaboration with three Toronto vocalists: Denielle Bassels, Will Bowes and Mara Nesrallah. Since joining Brownman Ali’s Browntasauras Records roster in June 2015, Snaggle has released their second full-length studio album ‘The Long Slog’ in collaboration with the label. This album was released in Canada October 2nd, 2016, and featured internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast Brownman Ali on all subsequent CD release shows.



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