11th October | Fiddlers
Breezing into Bristol this week, straight from Chicago, are a brass brotherhood to be reckoned with. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are literally a band of eight brothers who sprang from the loins of jazz trumpeter and astral-jazz pioneer, Phil Cohran who played with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra.
Cohran schooled his sons to play their horns young, some as soon as they learnt to walk, and the results have been stunning the music world ever since they started playing live and recording. They play a potent molten-hot and boisterous mix of sounds from the essence of Miles Davis through funk, soul, slices of hip-hop, with African and Latin influences.
They’ve played and collaborated with an impressive bunch of names including Prince, Mos Def, Tony Allen, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Femi Kuti, Gorillaz, The B-52’s and recorded with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu and Ghostface Killah.
Despite the big brass blast of their live shows, on their latest album, Book of Sound, this group that made their name busking on the street corners of New York and Chicago pay an open tribute to their father’s legacy with muted, spare, warm sounds, capturing the Afrocentric philosophy and astral jazz that he championed.
Fiddlers has played host to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble before; be prepared to be literally blown away again.
See the video for ‘Mary’ here: