Few things are more rousing than a brass band in full flight. That’s why Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have a fine reputation on the live circuit, their CV including collaborations with Jay-Z, Gorillaz and Mos Def. Comprising nine members, eight of whom are sons of former Sun Ra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, they blend their soulful approach with an arresting visual style.
Their next album, in collaboration with Kelan Phil Cohran, is out in May 2012. In the meantime, please enjoy this video, taken from their memorable Jools Holland appearance a couple of years ago. This track is called “War”.