Support for this one comes from Ottawa based SoulJazz Orchestra. They’re an uptempo afrobeat band with an obvious influential nod to Fela Kuti, with a few funky references to James Brown thrown in as well. Great musicians and a good choice as support.
Hailing from Chi-Town (or Chicago if you’re not into hip hop), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble comprise 9 members. There’s a childhood friend alongside 8 brothers (whose father, Phil Cohran, was a trumpet player in the Sun Ra Arkestra). There’s a drummer, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, baritone horn and sousaphone (large tuba).
They play a danceable combination of jazzy arrangements fused with hip hop sensibilities. There’s plenty of party chanting and interaction with the crowd all driven along by three of the brothers taking it in turns to MC the proceedings. They’ve got quite a few recordings under their belt now so there’s a range of songs for them to choose from but a lot of the material tonight is from their eponymous album out on the Honest Jon label.
As they play there’s space for either the trombone or trumpet to solo and they’re all competent if not yet fully accomplished musicians. It’s a party from the opening note to the end, and there’s an enthusiasm and energy given off by all the band members. Great to dance to and a posse of young musicians who are only going to get better as they keep playing. Brilliant stuff.
And a trailer for the documentary being made about the band.