- This event has passed.
Brownman Electryc Trio
July 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm$20.00
In recent years, when not touring the globe as a featured soloist , 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:
“Brownman’s powerful 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.”
Rising piano star NICK MACLEAN will be a special guest for this performance.