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Strange Attractors

by Ugly Beauties

Ugly Beauties (piano, cello & drums) explores the terrain between jazz, contemporary classical music and improvisation.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Strange Attractors
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2. Blue Violins
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3. What Now?
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4. Fragments of a Dream
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5. Poupée Mécanique
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6. Open My Eyes
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7. Sniffin' Around
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8. Broken Glass
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9. Jupiter / Tricycle
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10. Holometabolous
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Album Notes
A long awaited follow-up to their debut CD Ugly Beauties (Ambiances Magnétiques), "Strange Attractors"
further defines the sound of this maturing trio, a group of virtuosic soloists carving out a singular niche in the world
of creative improvisation texture, dynamic range, structure and, abstract lyricism abound.

"Strange Attractors" features ten tracks of original music - nine compositions by group members plus one free
improvisation plus one free group improvisation (track 10).

The tunes are at once like jazz-derived compositions, characterized by Marilyn Lerner's unique experimental
harmonic sense, Matt Brubeck's facility with groove and arco splendor and Nick Fraser's musicality and ability to
imply all of the above on his traps.

Formed in 2007 and named for Thelonius Monk's composition, The Ugly Beauties Trio is a configuration of three of
Canada's top improvisers: Marilyn Lerner - piano, Matt Brubeck - cello and Nick Fraser - drums. The music of this
trio traverses the worlds of improvised music and modern jazz, with strong elements of contemporary classical and
world music. The repertoire consists of an organic mixture of written and improvised material.

The sound of The Ugly Beauties can best be described as an intricate amalgam of abstract lyricism, swing and groove.

"...makes you forget the differences and boundaries between jazz,
contemporary classical music and improvisation. These are very
virtuous musicians who demonstrate their talent in a very coherent
way with engaging interplay." Dolf Mulder in Vital #703 (Netherlands),

"They're all creative players, and at moments they whip up such
a storm of strange textures and tones that you forget you're listening to
just three acoustic instruments. " - Benjamin Boles, NOW #29:28, 3/2010



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