Soul on Stage

Last night I went to see the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Six members of this crazy marching band with hip-hop spirit are all sons of Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cochran. The seventh is the drummer.

I know nothing about jazz, barely more about hip-hop, but the exuberance and charm of the band reeled me in. The energy in the room was unstoppable! When’s the last time you saw a tuba player live? Thanks to Pearl and Knox for a great night.

Here’s a video of a past performance (with the one and only Mos Def). The song’s called “Baliky Bone” and it was my favorite of the night.

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