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The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, all sons of the Sun Ra trumpeter Philip Cohran — a street-marching brass band in the New Orleans tradition; jazz to dance, with a funk sensibility honed by hip hop. Here are two scorchers from the imminent album. Written by Philip Cohran in memory of Alyo Tolbert, star dancer for the Montu Dance Company in Chicago, Alyo is its hardest, funkiest track (with Malcolm Catto from The Heliocentrics on drums); and in memory of the band’s friend and rabblerouser. One pressing only, in metallic ink sleeve.

And no this is not a free download, although it is the best8,50 I’ve spent in a long time. Maybe even better than the 8 I spent at Little Italy this afternoon. And believe me that pizza was damn good. Pepperoni,  mushrooms, paprika, cheese, tomato sauce..Now go and get your copy of “Alyo/Flipside” at Rushhour.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Alyo


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Flipside