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Brothers Hypnotic

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Reuben Atlas

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About the Movie

For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, "brotherhood" is literal: they're all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago's South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky, they make music that is at once indescribably joyful, unremittingly exciting, and undeniably together. But as the brothers try to make their own way in the wide world—while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether his principles really are their own. Brothers Hypnotic is a coming of age story, for eight brothers, and for an ideal.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The players' upbringing - which involved early-morning lessons with "Pops," and the presence of two of the three mothers with whom he had children - exerts a fascination. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Mar 24, 2014

Fresh: We see Phil's sons honoring him while going their own ways in a years-long effort to find the right pitch. – Aaron Cutler, Village Voice, Mar 18, 2014

Fresh: The music throughout is wonderful and you wish there was more of it, including concert footage. – Trish Crawford, Toronto Star, Jun 5, 2014

Fresh: There are grudges held amid all the good will, an intention of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to do things on their terms, and those terms stem directly from their upbringing. – Nick Prigge, Slant Magazine, Mar 24, 2014

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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