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Brownman & Cruzao

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Led by the Trinidadian born, New York trained trumpet player Brownman Ali -- who himself has just under 300 CD recording credits as a sideman to his name -- this hard hitting latin-jazz unit funkifies it's audiences with Brownman's original modern latin-funk compositions and high-energy virtuostic jazz soloists.
The amalgamation of authentic latin rhythm, jazz harmony and modern urban groove, this group began it's career as a musical experiment for Brownman in the tonal qualities of Latin music composed in a chordless setting (no piano, no guitar). Since the late '50s jazz musicians have richly explored this unique musical texture creating a 5 decade chordless jazz tradition, however this texture had never been explored in Latin America, due to the dominance and omni-presence of the piano "montuno" or equivalent guitar structures.
The result of this musical experiment - CRUZAO - the first chordless latin-jazz-urban unit in history.
CRUZAO is modeled in that jazz tradition of 'the chordless quintet',
and takes the same approach in a latin-jazz context.
Featuring the Ali Brothers - Brownman & Marcus Ali - and dedicated to that seductive fusing of latin rhythm, jazz harmony and urban groove, CRUZAO. explores the inner workings of these artforms through Brownman's original compositions, intense *improvisation-interaction and raw energy.

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