incredible 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
Toronto’s NOW Magazine (concert review)
Trio is lively, entertaining and hip ... the atmosphere is seriously funky
... the music's muscular and quick, much of it thrilling..."
Whole Note Magazine
"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 a
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."
"Brownman is the
real deal... this abundantly talented young musician was handpicked by
the late MC Guru to blow the sinewy lines that made his Jazzmatazz project
such a groundbreaking hybrid of jazz and hip-hop... with each appearance
the buzz surrounding the bold and electric Brownman style has grown in
Art Voice Magazine
"It's hard to imagine
the group being more in the pocket, more energetic."
Trio's new release GRAVITATION is the new standard in electric jazz"
NPR (National Public Radio), New York
jazz trumpet player"
NYC's Village Voice
"... the most versatile
hornman in Canada"
energized and in the spirit of Miles Davis"
Toronto's NOW Magazine
"One of the next
great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers"
Randy Brecker, multi-grammy winning legendary trumpeter
writing and burning energy"
John Scofield, jazz guitar giant
"... a truly gifted
improviser with an original creative voice..."
Gary Bartz, saxophonist with Miles Davis
"... uniquely creative
and fearless - like a young Miles Davis"
Guru, legendary hip-hop icon from Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame
quirky & invigorating... seethes with energy".
"Miles Would Be Proud"
Toronto SUN headline for featuring story on Brownman
down the boundaries between latin, jazz and urban music in the most innovative
way I've seen yet."
Memo Acevedo, NY University professor
a warm, personable soloist displaying an engaging mix of quirks and lyricism."
Toronto's Globe and Mail
Marrón... this young trumpet player has as many names as he has
Canada Picante Xpress Latin Magazine
"Energy is never
in short supply in Brownman Ali's world. This Toronto/Trinidadian
trumpeter loves skipping from style to style almost as much as he digs
mixing it up with the jazz elite"
CBC Radio Canada
"Brownman Ali'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."
"Guru's Jazzmatazz trumpet player brings
virtuosity and panache to jazz" states Matt Galloway
in a recent 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!"