Fran Hardcastle is looking forward to Hypnotic Brass at Ronnie’s
The band of brothers from Chicago will be raising the roof at Ronnie’s next week. In the same vein as Youngblood Brass Band and the Hot 8, they take the traditional New Orleans street band format and inject inflections of hip hop and funk to create a young, party sound. Their family upbringing, as the sons of former Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter, Phil Cohran with singers for mothers put horns in their hands at an early age, so their individual musicianship is strong.
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Having collaborated with some of the world’s biggest names in rap, hip hop and soul such as Mos Def, Gorillaz and Erykah Badu, their appearance at London’s most famous jazz club should be interesting. Sebastian reviewed them at Brecon Jazz recently and noted that they quickly had the audience up on their feet. Those tables will be bouncing at Ronnies this Monday and Tuesday.
They are brilliant live – I've seen them about half a dozen times over the last couple of years – first time was just fortuitous – on Oxford Street where I stumbled across them setting up to do an impromptu concert near Selfridges before Christmas; I was late for my destination that day! And then they did an absolute killer at the ICA a few weeks later. They do their own CDs (hard to find) and Honest Jons put out a lovely double album about a year ago. Ronnie's won't phase them.