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Rebirth Brass Band (music group)

De La Soul goes Hypnotic; rap and jazz merge

De La Soul goes Hypnotic; rap and jazz merge

At 5 years old, Gabriel Hubert picked up the trumpet. Then his parents bought him a cornet. He was happy. "My first few weeks I was amazed and astonished," he recalls.

The feeling didn't last. His father, Chicago avant-garde jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, who had played with the great Sun Ra, decided to Jackson 5 his eight sons, including Hubert, getting them up daily at 6 a.m. for hours of rehearsal before school.

"Initially, the fun was taken out of actually playing the horn," he says in a phone interview from the Chicago home where he has lived since returning from New York in September. "I remember getting up early in the morning. I don't...