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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Posted on July 31, 2010

my last upload for July is something like a celebration: a post for my favorite street musicians and brass band ever- there used to be a beautiful post for Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in my mate’s blog once upon a time, but since it doesn’t exist anymore i feel i owe a tribute to this family of musicians, eight brothers, all sons of trumpeter Kelan Phi Cohran.

so, the story goes like this: last year Vassilis told me about Hypnotic, sharing this video below and i was instantly hypnotized. i have a thing with trumpets and brass in general.  browsing around, found out that the band from Chicago would  perform live in NY, the dates of my trip there. Magic.

booked tickets on line and saw one of the most joyful concerts ever (missed you Cloam, bastard). came back with all their cds. recorded some lousy videos as you’ll see below but you get the spirit. listening to them all day through today, while packing up for vacations.

please, pleaaaase, watch that guy above at 0.16 throwing a chair in the air. HYPE.

and one more:

we’ll be in touch

Shuggie knows better

Posted on July 23, 2010

the last weeks, when i don’t work like a dog,  i’m spending most of my time listening to music- and i’ve listened to lots of new stuff. well, new to my ears is more correct. latest obsession sweet Shuggie Otis. i’d already heard of Strawberry Letter 23 before but not payed the attention needed to this small star that shined brightly in the 70’s (again), a huge talent disoriented by his low-key profile and inner world so much, he couldn’t continue what he created.

Inspiration Information was one of the albums he put out and it makes the ideal August accompaniamento. Special thanks to FH for sharing the love

Strawberry Letter 23

and when the hours fall heavy and you need some psychedelic guitars, ideally after midnight, it’s time for this majestic piece. Bring it on.

Freedom Flight