Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a Chicago-based collective of musicians almost exclusively focusing on brass instruments. Eight of the nine are brothers, sons of Phil Cohran, himself a legendary trumpet player in his tenure with Sun-Ra. They started as a street ensemble before making the transition to recording and touring.
In a relatively short amount of time, they have amassed an impressive list of collaborators, through recording or touring: Erykah Badu, Tony Allen, Mos Def, Gorillaz, Maxwell, Blur, De La Soul, and Prince. Their latest recording, following a budding discography of self-released and indie label material, is a six-song EP titled Bulletproof Brass. Mostly instrumental, the EP showcases the group’s mastery of their niche.
The closing track, that we’ve chosen to stream, features the father of most of the members, Phil Cohran, delivering an uplifting and insightful spoken piece.