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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Colston Hall The Lantern 1st October 2016

 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Colston Hall
The bad boys of jazz (Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) returned to Bristol for the 5th year to do an amazingly eclectic, highly charged gig at the Colston Hall on Saturday (1st October).

From the minute the eight sons of jazz legend Phil Cohran graced the stage in The Lantern room, you just knew that your eyes and ears were in for a treat.

Having seen these guys at Womad Festival a few years ago, myself and my husband were excited to see what they were going to bring to the table in their 90 minute set and we were in no way disappointed.

This band from the south side of Chicago had the crowd bouncing from the get go and the interaction with us was on point. They looked like they were loving it as much as the audience clearly were, and that really goes a long way in making the atmosphere addictive and enticing.

We heard a range of their funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop style from over the years as well as their now famous song “War” which was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games.

They didn’t miss a beat and as my husband Vik rightly said: "There wasn’t even one weak link all night."

What really impressed me was how appreciative they were at the end for the rapturous (well deserved) applause they got - they hung around, shook our hands and went that extra mile.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble make trumpets and trombones so unbelievably cool that you consider going out and buying them yourself. Together with drums, bass and guitar - the whole act was brilliantly in your face.

The word needs to be spread about these lads, they are just so very entertaining and you are bound to come out of their show with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

By Kelly Jobanputra 

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