“Led by Ken Field, an alto saxophonist and flutist, this Boston-area band puts a premium on Mardi Gras-style rhythm – the opening track of its new album, Live Snakes, is aptly titled Parade – but also pursues a sinuous, writhing counterpoint, in ways that justify the band’s name.”
“OUT OF LEFT FIELD: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a writhing, horn-heavy group led by the Boston-based saxophonist and composer Ken Field, dresses in feathered masks and sequined robes and covers a broad range of funk- and New Orleans-inspired music. A seasoned collection of horn and percussion players, the group puts a funky spin on everything from Billy Idol to Ornette Coleman.”
“Saxophonist-composer Ken Field’s enthralling New Orleans-inspired jazz-funk brass band!”
Saxophonist Ken Field’s group – which performs in Mardi Gras-style costumes and masks – plays a mishmash of jazz, funk, and New Orleans second-line street music. Everything is fair game; their latest album, Forked Tongue, runs the gamut from the traditional Just a Closer Walk to Billy Idol’s White Wedding.
Beads and beignets could be in the mix, but high-energy funk and thumping brass definitely will be part of the post-Mardi Gras party.
Don’t miss this vibrant and colorful band as they “git down” playing music by James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, along with their own original musical mash-up jambalaya concoctions.
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble saxophonist/composer Ken Field’s explosive, Mardi Gras-inspired jazz/funk brass band!
The upcoming Plough gig is intended to work as a rehearsal before the band heads to New Orleans to take part in, among other festivities, the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 19.
Great time @TheRegattabar, pretty sure no one has a better time at anything than the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has playing great jazz.