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
“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 Live Snakes a Mardi Gras party!” — Brad Stone
Brilliant improvisation…superb interpretations…inspired…deserves to be heard by all.
Their third album combines live tracks from concerts, radio broadcasts, and live-in-the-studio sessions. And it’s a stone cold killer diller!
Finding joy in the rhythms of the street, in the melodies of the everyday, and in the shouts one creates against the darkness.
A first class band worthy of much wider recognition.
“Year of the Snake caught my ear when I first heard it and I still enjoy it today,” says Tom Schulte.
Live Snakes, the band’s third album in 10 years, represents a high watermark for the group
A jubiliant celebration of music and life. This is one movin’, groovin’ funfest.
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.
“The music has depth, complexity, but never gets so esoteric that it loses its visceral kick.” — Jed Gottlieb
We caught up with the group recently at a party at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge. Band members dress in colorful sequined jackets and feathered head-dresses, which adds to the fun and exuberance of their music.
Jazz Group Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Bridges Happiness, Sadness