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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - The Brothas

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble The Brothas
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - The Brothas
(CD) self-released, 2008-12-18

Anyone who saw this band on stage knows the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are the shit. Friends from Souljazz Orchestra, whom I had sold my spare copy of the "War" 10 inch to, saw them in Amsterdam, opening for Mos Def before playing as his backing band. They told me the HBE were the real deal, 100% stealing the show!
They released this new CD-R, "The Brothas" at the end of 2008, which I never saw in Europe anywhere, excepted at shows...

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble The Brothas
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - The Brothas
(CD) HBE GROUP [self-released], 2008-12-17

Tracklisting :
01. Venus 3:35
02. Planet Gibbous 3:11
03. Toussaint 3:43
04. Baji 4:45
05. Taijite 3:23
06. Medinah 3:15
07. Smoov #%&@ 3:42
08. Mars 4:08
09. Party Started 4:08
10. Sankofa 4:07

Note : All Songs Written, Arranged, And Performed By Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
Recorded At Truth & Soul Studio And Josh Roseman Studio, Brooklyn.
Mastered By Julian Silva @ On Air Mastering.

Links :
Complete discography on
HBE on YouTube

Discography :
- "Brothas" CD (2008-12)
- "Sankofa" on "Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up" compilation and 12 inch (2008-05)
- "Brass In Africa" 7 inch (2007-08)
- "New York City Live" CDR (2007-07)
- "War/Mercury" 10 inch (2007-03)
- "Jupiter/Balicky" 10 inch (2006-12)
- "Hypnotic Green" CDR (2005??)
- "Hypnotic Orange" CDR (2004??)

Biography :
Judging solely from the instrumentation of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, it would be tempting, though misleading, to look to the New Orleans's famous brass band tradition as the group's inspiration. In fact, the musical lineage of Hypnotic's members stems from the rich, progressive jazz scene cultivated in Chicago during the 1960s and '70s.

The seven brass players in the group are all sons of the esteemed jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, a former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, but perhaps best known as a founding member of the seminal Chicago-based jazz collective the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The members of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were steeped in this musical influence from early on and have been playing music together their entire lives.

After performing in a youth ensemble put together by their father, in the 1980s, the band officially formed as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in 1999, and relocated to New York in 2005. The group strives to make its musical roots speak to and for its own generation, infusing imaginative jazz arrangements with a hip-hop sensibility.

Review :
I've been following the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for a couple years now, and I swear they're on the verge of worldwide fame. These group of brothers (all sons of legendary soul jazz musician Philip Cohran) made a name for themselves playing on the streets of NYC (Washington Square Park and Union Square). It's an incredible thing to see a full brass band blowing away on the pavement (or subway station), not to mention the always funky drummer pounding out the crispest beats. Recently, these guys have been making serious moves, getting flown all over Europe, opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and signing to the UK's Honest Jon's imprint. And if you've seen them live in a venue, you know what I'm talking about when I say "worldwide"... too much talent and charisma. These CDs are straight from the band (same as the ones you can pick up at their shows), and all come highly recommended. If previous vinyl releases from Hypnotic are any indication, these will go fast (and restocks will be sporadic). This is "Blue" album from 2008 (the band's favorite) and features 10 tracks including hits "Venus, Medinah," and "Mars." Recommended. (Source :


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Citizen D Citizen D ·  23 April 2009, 18:27

I saw HBE at the Jazz Standard in NYC in December and they certainly are kick-ass. The CD-R copies of these albums are hard to come by, but MP3 versions can be downloaded via the band's site ( or on iTunes. Also, a S/T LP will be dropping via Honest Jons Records soon (a 10" is available too) check it: BTW: The HBE will be opening for Honest Jons Records main-man's old band BLUR in Hyde Park in July. Diggit

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