Jazz & hip-hop have long been cross-pollinated by geniuses from both genres. From the appearance of rappers on the legendary Miles Davis' "DooBop" recording, to jazz superstars like Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd guesting in hip-hop legend GURU's JAZZMATAZZ.
Jazzmatazz is now historically recognized as the 1st successful amalgamation of jazz & hip-hop -- and from 2006 to 2010 Canada's own nationally acclaimed trumpet playing jazz icon BROWNMAN would replace Donald Byrd in GURU's JAZZMATAZZ, doing 4 world tours, appearing on Jazzmatazz Vol. 4, and catapulting him to international acclaim in the hip-hop community. Guru tragically died in 2010 of cancer, but Brownman continues his legacy in the exploration of jazz-hip-hop in his own group GRUVASYLUM. This all-star quintet, with Guru alumni & multiple National Jazz Award Winner Brownman at the helm, reminds us that the essence of the jazz solo is not so different from the essence of freestyle -- in that improvisation and spontaneous creation is at the heart of both idioms. GRUVASYLUM is about modern, thoughtful, conscious hip-hop that tells tales of the world we live in - yet rooted in the jazz lineage. It is not what you hear on MTV. No one in GRUVASYLUM will ever discuss the merits of gunplay, but you will however hear lyrics that emphasize living life with irreverence and taking risks in that living. It is what you hear in every Miles Davis solo... or Guru's lyrics. Brownman & GRUVASYLUM -- hip-hop with a jazz ideology.