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Brothers Hypnotic (2014)

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For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, "brotherhood" is literal: they're all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago's South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky, they make music that is at once indescribably joyful, unremittingly exciting, and undeniably together. But as the brothers try to make their own way in the wide world-while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival-they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether his principles really are their own.(C) Official Site

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The music throughout is wonderful and you wish there was more of it, including concert footage.

June 5, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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The players' upbringing - which involved early-morning lessons with "Pops," and the presence of two of the three mothers with whom he had children - exerts a fascination.

March 24, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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We see Phil's sons honoring him while going their own ways in a years-long effort to find the right pitch.

March 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Brothers Hypnotic introduces the band as a function of their dad, his progeny, his project even as they have also become devoted artists in their own right.

March 26, 2014 | Full Review…
PopMatters

There are grudges held amid all the good will, an intention of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to do things on their terms, and those terms stem directly from their upbringing.

March 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

A refreshing account of what it means to be a young musician more committed to an artistic vision than "making it".

March 22, 2014 | Full Review…
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A good but not great documentary about the eight children of Phil Cohran and their attempt to gain stardom for themselves. Without knowing if the riches are at the end of the rags, the documentary leads us to an unsatisfying conclusion.

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