Saturday, 6 June 2009

Believe The Hype: The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

This 9 piece street group based in New York, formed in Chicago in 2004. 
8 out of the 9 in the group are brothers, with their Father being famous jazz trumpeter and musical activist Phil Cohran of the Sun Ra Arkestra. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consist of eight horn players and one drummer who play hip hop and funk inspired Jazz and seem to captivate their audiences wherever they play, whether that's in a tube station or at a gig, they mesmerize. I recently missed their Dublin show put on by Choice Cuts in The Button Factory so I settled for watching them on Jools Holland where they blew me away. Luckily I get a second chance to see them live as they support Blur in Hyde Park on July 2nd.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have performed with Mos Def, Erykah Badu and Maxwell and have released albums and 10"s independently, but now just released is a self titled album on the Honest Jon's label. Their passion for music runs in their family and HBE always encourage their audience to keep live music alive. If it's fresh and funk driven beats your after then this is the band for you.

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