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A new breed of New Orleans brass bands — Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, and others — have been struttin’, swinging, and funkin’ it up since the early ‘80s. The Chicago-rooted Hypnotic Brass Ensemble evokes that tradition but this electrifying group clearly has its own thing going on — eight of the members of this nine-piece drums-and-horns ensemble are sons of trumpeter Phil Cohran, who played with Sun Ra. The album kicks off with the rousing “Alyo,” a piece written by the elder Cohran. Funky tuba and drums back a great horn chart and chanting vocals, immediately establishing the album's high energy level. The group’s original material is impressive, too; on tracks like “Gibbous” and “War,” HBE comes off like a revved-up R&B-flavored marching band. “Marcus Garvey” sports an attractive Spanish flavor, and on “Flipside” layers of horns slip and slide over each other in wonderful ways. “Party Started” is both elegant and groovy, and there are two versions of “Rabbit Hop,” a piece by the visionary composer Moondog. What more could you ask for?

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Awesome song and goes great with the hunger games scene

One of a kind

This album is everything you need to enjoy life. Great original pieces, especially the epic “War”.


Another excellent compilation from those great folks at Honest Jon's. The record store in Notting Hill in London is fantastic and they consistently release great stuff on their label by the same name. This is funky, jazzy big band brilliance. Check it out.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble -- an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers (plus one unrelated drummer) who take their stylistic cues from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and various strains of world music -- started out playing on the streets of Chicago, New York, and elsewhere, selling their self-released CDs and gradually building a loyal following and an international profile. The youngest of some 23 children -- the offspring of different mothers, but all sons of jazz trumpeter and composer Kelan Phil Cohran...
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