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Nick Fraser


Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, PJ Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Joe Sorbara, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, Mark Eisenman, John MacLeod, Ken Aldcroft, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth, John Stetch and Kirk MacDonald. In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform with such international artists as Michael Moore, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Joe McPhee, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Mick Beck, David Binney, Ray Vega, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays


Lina Allemano Four, Pipe Dream

Label: Lumo Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Banana Canon; Pipe Dream (on Prokofiev Theme); Dragon Fruit; [Plague Diaries, Part I.] Intro: Longing; [Plague Diaries, Part I.] Longing; [Plague Diaries, Part II.] Intro: Trying Not to Freak Out; [Plague Diaries, Part II.] Trying Not to Freak Out; [Plague Diaries, Part III.] Intro: Hunger and Murder; [Plague Diaries, Part III.] Hunger and Murder; [Plague Diaries, Part IV.] Doom and Doomer



Label: Self Published
Released: 2023
Track listing: Fourteen Days; Part Two; Foreboding; Tape Age; Fifteen Minutes; Ghosts; Stages.


Pipe Dream

Label: Lumo Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Banana Canon; Pipe Dream (on Prokofiev theme); Dragon Fruit; Plague Diaries: Intro: Longing; Longing; Intro: Trying Not to Freak Out; Trying Not to Freak Out; Intro: Hunger and Murder; Hunger and Murder; Doom and Doomer.


Article: Live Review

Celebrating and Reflecting Back on Guelph Jazz Festival @ 30

Read "Celebrating and Reflecting Back on Guelph Jazz Festival @ 30" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Guelph Jazz Festival Guelph Otario, Canada September 14-17, 2023 There are precious few jazz festivals in the Americas adhering to what could be called the Triple-A curatorial mandate: adventurous, avant-garde and art-centric. These special cases cling to a commercially fragile, demographically marginal--and also culturally vital--realm and mission. Such conditions make ...


Article: Album Review

Lina Allemano Four: Pipe Dream

Read "Pipe Dream" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Recorded in the winter of 2021 during the heart of the COVID pandemic, it is understandable that Pipe Dream, the latest offering from the Lina Allemano Four, has an air of ominous foreboding. Indeed, much of the album is devoted to the “Plague Diaries," a suite inspired by some of the darker themes of that period ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2023

Read "Brilliant Corners 2023" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland 2-11 March, 2023 One of the highlights of Belfast's music calendar, Brilliant Corners' eleventh annual shindig served up thirteen concerts over nine days. As ever, the main venue was Black Box, where audiences were treated to the best of Irish, British, European and North ...


Meadow Of Dreams

Label: Ansible Editions
Released: 2022
Track listing: Entrainment; Fortress; Inhabit 1; Grotto; Inhabit 11; Inhabit 111; Haunt; Meadow Of Dreams.


Desert Bloom

Label: Alma Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Between the Lines; Desert Bloom; Neptune; Shifting Baseline Syndrome; Shelter; It's All Part of the Plan; The Day Everything Stopped; The End of the Tunnel; Last More Time.


Avi Granite's In Good Hands

Label: Pet Mantis Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Like A Magazine - Pat LaBarbera; 19 Seconds Or Less - Ted Warren; Wayne Winks At The Radio - Scott Peterson; Rigar Breaks The Cage - Jim Lewis; Like John - Ted Quinlan; My Sunken Ship - Brian Kobayakawa; Y Not - Peter Lutek; Basho - Neal Davis; Tricycle Dreams - Brian Dickinson; Boston - Tom Richards; Critical Eddie - Nick Fraser;


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