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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble new album on Honest Jon's

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
(CD/LP) Honest Jon's Records HJRCD42/HJRLP42, 2009-05-25

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a 9-piece, Chicago-based jazz group featuring 8 sons of Phil Cohran (Sun Ra's Arkestra) on horns. Originally from Chicago, the brothers started as a street ensemble, busking on the sidewalks before recording their first single in 2004. They have performed with Mos Def, Aquilla Sadalla and Phil Cohran & recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Maxwell. Bringing together their musicianship, jazz roots and hip hop sensibilities HBE have toured relentlessly to become known as one of the hottest and most individual bands around. Featured last summer in Honest Jon's Chop Up shows the band played alongside Tony Allen, Damon Albarn & Candi Staton.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
(CD/LP) Honest Jon's Records HJRCD42/HJRLP42, 2009-05-25

Tracklisting :
01. Alyo 03:02 mp3
02. Gibbous 03:00 mp3
03. War 02:50 mp3
04. Ballicki Bone 05:27 mp3
05. Flipside 04:49 mp3
06. Marcus Garvey 03:44 mp3
07. Jupiter 06:21 mp3
08. Party Started 06:02 mp3
09. Rabbit Hop 03:57 mp3
10. Sankofa 03:35 mp3
11. Hypnotic 02:50 mp3
12. Satin Sheets 03:49 mp3
13. Rabbit Hop (Version) 02:23 mp3

Links :
Complete discography on
HBE on YouTube

Biography :
This band was formed on the south side of Chicago in 1986 as a family group known as "the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble", the group consisted of eight horn-playing blood brothers led by their father and teacher Kelan Phil Cohran( co founder of AACM, Sun Ra's lead trumpeter, mentor to "the Pharoahs" later called Earth Wind and Fire). After years of honing their technique on stage the older brothers undertook music scholarships from universities abroad( Clark Atlanta, Langston Univ.), the younger ones took to the streets of Chicago earning money by playing music of their own.

In 1999 the brothers combined their efforts and began performing a new style of brass music they called "Hypnotic". After recording their first album "the Flipside" they won the 2001 CPS Young Author's Award for the title track on the cd "Satin Sheets". This success propelled them on to perform for "WNUA Jazzin at the Lake", "State street Live", and "Metamorphosis of Jazz" all on behalf of Chicago department of Tourism and Special Events. In 2005 Hypnotic released their sophomore album "Jupiter" reeling off the success of the freshman LP's 325,000 units sold independently (Merc Records). In the past few years, they have traveled all over the world playing for audiences of all genres; opening up for the B52's at Chicago HOB, Talib Kweli at Harold Washington Cultural Center, headlining along with Mos Def at Lincoln center in NY, and backing up Maceo Parker at Apollo Theater in Harlem. This talented family of performers wrote every song on their sophomore release while at the same time recording collaborations with artists such as GhostFace Killah and Tony Allen.

Since then the band of brothers has turned down two major label offers only to release their third LP independently with two 10 inch vinyls being distributed in Europe and Japan. Hypnotic's most recent performances include the Northern Sea Jazz festival 2007(Netherlands); Festival Musicas do Mundo (Portugal); Mouson Arts and Music fest (Germany); Brooklyn Academy of Music ( New York); and "Bread and Butter Barcelona 2007" (spain). Ending the year with a tour of London, Dublin, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. (Short performance clips are available to view on Youtube) Every step taken by these ambassadors of brass has been to fuse the better parts of jazz, rock, reggae, and hip hop into a legacy that will shape the future of music.


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