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MP3 Hugh Fraser - Bonehenge!

This uniquely thrilling brassy ensemble includes Hugh''s most diverse compositions from African, Latin to European forms that invoke the full contemporary musical spectrum and create a sonic feast like never heard before.

9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Bebop, JAZZ: Latin Jazz

JUNO AWARD WINNING JAZZ ARTIST HUGH FRASER has released his latest CD for Boat House Records, BONEHENGE!

BONEHENGE is Hugh Fraser''s new 9 member ensemble featuring 4 trombones, bass trombone, piano, bass, drums and percussion.

The name was coined by Fraser and partner in bass clef crime, Brad Muirhead while in Banff to represent the powerful and often mystical and ancient sound this unique instrumental grouping achieves. Unlike other trombone based groups, Fraser''s compositions include African, Latin and European forms that invoke the full contemporary musical spectrum now expected from improvising ensembles in addition to the always present excitement of the brassy swing that is the foundation of BONEHENGE.

The highest compliment Fraser has received from new listeners to this ensemble is that the group presents "a great total musical experience", not just a jazz specialty item.

Fraser has had years of experience for this format, but this will represent the first concerted focus in performing and recording for this ensemble. He led a similar group called Slide Area in N.Y. City which featured Fraser and Robbin Eubanks while regularly rehearsing and performing in Greenwhich Village in the early 90''s.

More recently, Fraser was invited to be the only Canadian jazz trombonists to tour, write and record with the worlds leading N.Y. based trombone ensemble, Slide Hampton''s World of Trombones -check out "Spirit of the Horn" MCGJ Records 1011

BONEHENGE will make a mark as Canada''s contribution to jazz by extending the parameters of such an ensemble while reaching a wide variety of music lovers.

This uniquely thrilling brassy ensemble has recorded 9 of Hugh''s most diverse compositions to create a sonic feast like never heard before!

In addition to Fraser on trombone and composition, BONEHENGE boasts jazz trombone greats Victoria''s Ian McDougall, Vancouver''s Dennis Esson and Brad Muirhead, New York''s Rod Borrie; and Vancouver rhythm section players Ross Taggart piano; Ken Lister Bass; Dave Robbins drums and Jack Duncan on percussion.


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Native Victorian Hugh Fraser has been a positive force to the beautiful world of music for over two decades. He formed the 13 member Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) in 1980, then went on to international success with The Hugh Fraser Quintet from 1986. The Quintet tours Europe, North and South America yearly. He was voted 1996, 1998 and 2005''s Canadian Trombonist of the Year by Toronto''s National Jazz Awards (formerly, Jazz Report Awards).

Hugh has recorded over one hundred of his compositions on seventeen albums as a leader. He won two Juno Awards and many nominations for these recordings, and appears on over twenty albums as a sideman including recent releases by Cuban bands Chucho Vald├ęs and Irakere on Bembe Records, Perspectiva on Egrem Records, and Kenny Wheeler on ECM Records.

Hugh is currently the Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and holds an honourary Doctorate from McMaster University. Hugh has served as the Program Head of Jazz at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Head of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Head of the University of Ulster Summer Jazz Workshop in Ireland, and is much sought after as a guest clinician by all major progressive institutions.

Hugh has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Jaki Byard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Ekstein, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Don Thompson, Shorty Rogers, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, Robin Eubanks, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz and Jean Toussaint.

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