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-- 15-man Latin-Jazz-Urban Orchestra --
| 6 jazz horns | 3 latin percussionists | 2 hip-hop rappers | 2 latin vocalists | 2 funk bassists |

See full colour band bio
3.1 meg high-res JPG file


Live From The
2004 Distillery Jazz Festival
All tracks composed
& orchestrated 
by Nick "Brownman" Ali
Sao Jrel

(whole tune!! including intros)
featuring 3 improvising rappers:
Enlight, Phatt Al, N.I.Gel
& bari solo by Rich Underhill
15.1 meg | 16min, 10sec
It's really worth listening to all of it.
Mediodia

Del Medioevo
(whole tune!!)
featuring 3 improvising rappers:
Enlight, Phatt Al, N.I.Gel
& improvised Salsa vocals by
Alex Naar
6.5 meg | 7min, 0sec
Perdido En La

Cuevas Azul - 1
(Intro & Melody)
1.5 meg | 1min,40sec
Perdido En La

Cuevas Azul - 2
(End of Bone Solo & Horn Mambo)
533 kb | 34sec
Perdido En La

Cuevas Azul - 3
(Final Melody to end of tune)
1.3 meg | 1min,21sec
El Hermitano

(Intro bass dueling & Melody)
5.7 meg | 6min, 2sec
featuring the dueling basses of
Andrew Stewart & Marc Rogers
Two Clear Nights

(Intro)
1.4 meg | 1min, 28sec
featuring the Monster Horns
Normally CRUZAO - Trinidadian born jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali's award-winning latin-jazz outfit - is a 5-man group.  This special large permutation of the group was conceived in 2004 for 4 feature performances at the Distillery Jazz Festival in Toronto.  Brownman has written* intricate 15-man large ensemble orchestrations for this MONSTROUSO unit (affectionately refered to by it's members as "The Monster").  The group features a 6 piece horn section, 2 monster bass players(!), 2 acclaimed latin vocalists, 3 percussionists and 2 of Canada's finest freestyle rappers -  enlight (of GRUVASYLUM fame) and the luminous PHATT al, all - like the original CRUZAO - still in a chordless latin-jazz setting - with no piano and no guitar.
*Brownman was awarded the 2002 Canadian National Composer of the Year Award
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A one of kind big band.
A latin-jazz-urban orchestra.
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CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
amalgamates
authentic latin rhythms
jazz harmonies
urban ideology
and big band lineage
in a chordless setting.
(CRUZAO was recently named by New York University's
jazz department as the first chordless latin-jazz group in history)
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"...latin-jazz-funk - monstrously joyfully, energetically big..." 
- NOW Magazine

"...a one of a kind big band..."
- Toronto Star

"... four concepts so smoothly mixed by this young fearless jazz leader..."
- Toronto Hispanos
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. . . THE MONSTRUOSOS . . .
Brownman trumpet / electric trumpet /
flugelhorn / compositions
Trinidad From CRUZAO - National Jazz Award winner
Jason
Logue
lead trumpet / flugelhorn Canada From NOJO
Marcus
Ali
alto sax / flute / 
bass clarinet / soprano sax
Trinidad From CRUZAO
Jeff
King
tenor sax / soprano sax Canada From CIMARRON
Josh
Brown
trombone New York Thelonious Monk Competition Finalist
Rich
Underhill
baritone sax Canada JUNO winner (Album of the Year)
Paco
Luviano
5 & 6 string electric basses Mexico From CRUZAO
Marc
Rogers
6 & 7 string electric basses Canada From GRUVASYLUM
Daniel
Barnes
drumset / timbales Canada National Jazz Award nominee
Luisito
Orbegoso
congas / additional perc Peru National Jazz Award nominee
Ruben
Esguerra
bongos / campana / add. perc. Colombia From CHIVA
Ricky
Franco
latin vocalist Mexico From MARRON MATIZADO
Eliana
Cuevas
latin vocalist Venezuela From MARRON MATIZADO
enlight freestyle rapper Trinidad From GRUVASYLUM
PHATT al freestyle rapper Jamaica From GOD MADE ME FUNKY
N.I.Gel freestyle rapper (special guest) Jamaica From POCKET DWELLERS
Cruzao Grupo MonstruosoLeft - 3 rappers, Centre - Ali Brothers, Right - Jason Logue - flugelhornBrown - flugel, Marcus Ali - flute, Jeff King - soprano (rear)Brown - trumpet , Marcus Ali - altoJosh Brown - boneMarcus Ali - alto sax
Marcus Ali - fluteMarc Rogers - green electric bassAndrew Stewart - red electric bassBrown - flugelBrown - flugelPhatt Al - rapper3 rappers - L to R - N.I.Gel, Enlight, Phatt Al
Photos by Thane Lucas


11"x14" printable stageplot JPG (186kb) or PDF file (160kb)
"Browntasauras Records Recording Artist Brownman Ali & CRUZAO have achieved much in the Canadian jazz community to date including being awarded the 2002 Canadian National Jazz Award for "Composer of the Year", NJA nominations in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric Group of the Year", and 2003 "Trumpet Player of the Year".  This group has also been awarded the Montreal Jazz Festival's coveted "Grand Prix du Jazz" award, CBC Galaxie's Rising Star award and has been recently nominated for the "Canadian Music Independent Artist award".  The group's debut CD "Shades of Brown" (Justin Time Records 2002) spent 3 months as number 1 on the college and community radio stations Canada-wide upon it's release and, along with Jane Bunnett, are one of the only Canadian latin-jazz recordings recognized in New York City. CRUZAO was recently named by New York Univerity as the first "chordless latin-jazz group in history" and is now used as a historical example in the institute's curriculum by noted NYU teacher and latin percussionist Memo Acevedo."  - Scott McLaren, Jazz critic
The band that started it all!  -- The original 5-piece version of CRUZAO
"Shades Of Brown" on BROWNTASAURAS Records!
Click here to go to JUSTIN TIME RECORDS and buy the CD online!
Buy it online directly from 
Browntasauras Records!
Brownman Ali &
CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
Poster
The Debut of the Monster

Brownman Ali - winner of the 2002 National Jazz Award for "Jazz Composer Of The Year"
(for the all-original tunes written for "Shades Of Brown")
CRUZAO - Winner of the coveted 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival's "Grand Prix du Jazz" Award
CRUZAO - Winner of the 2001 CBC Galaxie "Rising Star" Award
CRUZAO - 2001, 2002, 2003 National Jazz Award nominee for "Electric Jazz Group Of The Year"
Brownman Ali - 2001 nominee for "Jazz Trumpet Player Of The Year"
CRUZAO - 2004 Canadian Independant Music Award nominee for
 "Alternative Latin Group of the Year" 

All charts and midi files for CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
are now online in PDF format!
Monster Charts

Performances of note:
Toronto Jazz Festival - mainstage at Nathan Philips Square
Montreal Jazz Festival - mainstage at Contact Stage
Jazz By Genre's "Latin/Brazilian Night", Mod Club, Toronto
See Press Release from May 27, 2005 Distilleary Jazz Fest concert
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Visit the BROWNMAN.COM website
Visit the original CRUZAO website
Visit the CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO website
Visit the MARRÓN MATIZADO website
Visit the BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC QUARTET website
Visit the GRUVASYLUM website
Visit the ALI BROTHERS website
Visit the CHIVA website
Visit the ODDBAWL website
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