“Finding joy in the rhythms of the street, in the melodies of the everyday, and in the shouts one creates against the darkness.”
“Hauntingly beautiful music!” — Shelley Neill, Exec Dir, Multicultural Arts Center
“Mix traditional brass band and avant garde jazz, what do you get? Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s Live Snakes – a Mardi Gras party!” — Brad Stone
The modern jazz lines over the interwoven drums and percussion still make this both a brainy and danceable record.
“It’s a stone cold killer diller!…Most bands can’t get the New Orleans stuff right, but the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is one of the few who does and then takes it in fascinating directions.”
Live Snakes, the band’s third album in 10 years, represents a high watermark for the group.
“The music has depth, complexity, but never gets so esoteric that it loses its visceral kick.” — Jed Gottlieb
A first class band worthy of much wider recognition.
A jubiliant celebration of music and life. This is one movin’, groovin’ funfest.
Fun, musical, energetic and filled with agape-styled love, this disc is a reminder … of why you’re alive.
“Pretty heavy duty one-two punch starts this album from a fast-flying hydra big band led by Ken Field. Quite the stirring cocktail…the funk button is in full effect. Harkens back to some of the best Thirsty Ear beat collider digi-blue jazz. Ride the Snake!” — Thurston Hunger
“If the Meters played funk as a natural extension of New Orleans, Field and company — hailing from Boston, but surely hailing from the Crescent City in another life — do New Orleans as a natural extension of funk and jazz, bringing it back down South with its cool climate edge intact.”
Brilliant improvisation…superb interpretations…inspired…deserves to be heard by all.
Imaginative arrangements…make up the lion’s share of the album but it is the four original tunes by leader/altoist Ken Field that really shine! A really appealing listen.
K, people, the final boundary of jazz has been breached: A Billy Idol song-a Billy Idol song, for God’s sake-has been turned into a New Orleans street march. The culprit is the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, the crazy Boston-based outfit led by alto saxophonist Ken Field.