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In recent years,
when not touring the globe as the featured soloist with hip-hop superstar
or subbing into pop legend Paul Simon’s band, the Toronto-based,
New York schooled multi-award-winning Trinidadian-born trumpet player BROWNMAN
ALI -- the last trumpet player for iconic jazz-hip-hop group Guru's
Jazzmatazz -- spends much of his artistic time in the exploration of
modern “chordless” jazz -> music produced without a chordal instrument
(guitar or keyboard). He had previously explored this tonal quality
for a decade with his high lauded latin-jazz group CRUZAO, and more recently
with his heavily decorated & now internationally acclaimed Miles Davis
influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO.
Taking a similar
trajectory as the acclaimed 2009 debut release "Juggernaut", this highly
energized bombastic trio’s 2013 sophmore release “Gravitation: A Study
In Freefall” -- on Brownman’s own label Browntasauras Records -- shot
to number 4 on the iTunes USA jazz charts and was declared “the new standard
in electric-jazz” by National Public Radio (NPR) in New York City.
Adding to the group's long list of awards
& accolades, "Gravitation" would win a 2015 International Independent
Music Award for "Jazz-Funk Album of the Year", and a 2015 Toronto Independent
Music Award for "Jazz Group of the Year".
“The trio folds aspects
of Black American Music into a chordless jazz framework”, states Brownman.
“When we’re not playing originals, we often take classic standards from
the 30s through the 50s and re-imagine them as if they were written today
and being produced by, say, DJ Premier. The end result is something that
hopefully sounds relevant in today’s musical paradigm, but still resonates
with the history and lineage of the jazz tradition. And yeah - you’ll hear
a lot of Miles Davis’ influence in that resulting sound”.
The ensemble itself
is aptly described by CODA magazine:
electrified trio captures the essence of the later years in Miles Davis’
life, his electric period, without imitation. Brownman’s ELECTRYC TRIO
is uniquely his own, yet echoes with the sounds of ‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘In
a Silent Way’ right down to Miles’ use of electronics while still managing
to stay grounded in the sounds of today. Clearly paying apt tribute to
Brownman’s NYC mentor Randy Brecker, they are a truly impressive and energized
modern jazz outfit.”
The Buffalo News
writes, upon the latest slew of awards for the Electryc Trio:
“Awards are nice, naturally, but to dig
what Brownman is doing, you’ve got to see him live. I had a chance to do
just that over the summer when Brownman fronted his killer trio ... I came
away with a blown mind. This guy’s got chops galore, soul to match, and
a sense of phrasing that recalls many of the greats, but suggests itself
to be his own.”
Toronto’s NOW Magazine
the energy output these three men can generate... with only three of them
on stage my ears would swear they were hearing a whole electrified orchestra”.
"Guru's Jazzmatazz trumpet player delivers
virtuosity and panache"
Galloway in a live CBC Radio Canada interview. Below is an excerpt:
"In 2006, multi-award
winning Trinidadian born Canadian jazz trumpet icon BROWNMAN was asked
to replace Donald Byrd as the featured soloist in the legendary jazz-hip-hop
group GURU'S JAZZMATAZZ (under the leadership of hip-hop royalty of Gangstarr
fame - Guru). And now, after 3 years of world-wide touring, Brownman
has launched his own record label, Browntasauras Records, which just released
the highly anticipated debut recording from the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO.
It's important to note that this powerful modern electric trio won the
Jazz Award for 'Electric Jazz Group of the Year' in 2007 & were
again nominated in 2008, based solely on the strength of their live show
- all without having a record out yet!"
on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York City under
Brecker's watchful eye and now heralded as "Canada's preeminent
jazz trumpeter" by New York City's Village Voice magazine, the ever
dynamic Brownman tirelessly leading no less than 7 highly respected ensembles
of his own spanning genres from be-bop to hip-hop. He is best known
for his work as the leader of Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble CRUZAO
(winners of the 2001 Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz award"
& 5-time nominee at the National Jazz Awards for "Electric Group of
the Year") and his electrified Miles Davis' influenced BROWNMAN
ELECTRYC TRIO (2 National Jazz Awards, an International Independent
Music Award & 2 Toronto Independent Music awards are amongst the many
& accolades the group has received). Despite the demands
of leading 7 ensembles & international touring he is still one of the
most called upon trumpet players in the studio scene; his long list of
recording credits, more than 300 to date, make him "one of the most recorded
trumpet players in Canadian history", according to CBC Radio Canada.
2006 to 2010, Brownman was the featured soloist with the legendary New
York City jazz-hip-hop artist GURU (of Gangstarr fame) for his JAZZMATAZZ
ensemble (replacing Donald Byrd in that group), catalyzing his appearing
on the cover of CODA magazine, Canada's most acclaimed jazz publication.
In Dec 2009 Brownman would launch his own independent record label Browntasauras
Records, with the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO debut recording Juggernaut
as it's flagship release along with re-issues of his entire back-catalog
from other groups he leads. The 2013 B.E.T. release of Gravitation went
to #4 on the iTunes jazz charts in the USA. 2015 would see new artists
being signed to the label, including Snaggle,
Jason Wilson's Divison One.
Since returning to
Canada from NYC, Brownman has been on the cutting edge of modern music
in the nation for the last decade, winning multiple awards nationally,
achieving international recognition while touring the globe, and is widely
considered to be a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada.
Brownman also holds
a degree in physics, a minor in philosophy, writes the brass column for
Canadian Musician Magazine and is an often called upon lecturer and clinician
internationally on such topics as "advanced jazz harmony", "hip-hop and
the modern jazz improviser" & "latin rhythms for the jazz improviser".