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.
En su fructífera trayectoria artística, el saxofonista, flautista, percusionista y compositor Ken Field se ha manifestado con similar idoneidad en diversos contextos musicales.
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.
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.
Feel good. It’s okay to feel good in these days of war, floods, pestilence, and (insert the current price of) gasoline.
“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.”
Bandleader Ken Field has just come back from Mardi Gras. He’ll tell us how his funk and street beat brass band fared in this year’s Crescent City festivities.
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a Boston-based funky brass band about to embark on a Mardi Gras tour of New York City and New Orleans, joins us to share some music.
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.
“One of the best unsigned bands in the country.” — Joyce Kulhawik
“Imagine a New Orleans brass band coupled to JB horns and firing off just enough improvisation to keep things unpredictable. Things have certainly heated up in Boston! ” — Nils Jacobson
“Far from being dusty history, today’s brass bands are marching hip hop, R&B, and other modern methods through brash New Orleans traditions. Enter Boston’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble — an instant second-line parade of grit, honk and morphing rhythms. RSE’s shifting, top-shelf roster adds a diehard allegiance to funky beats and jazzy Latin and African stylings to the New Orleans street-corner spirit. It’s urban tribal music — undeniably sensual, often improvised, and always synchronized in celebration. And on RSE’s long-anticipated debut, it’s delivered in precision bursts of audacious, sliding horns, and locomotive beats.” — Tristram Lozaw
“A funky, brass heavy, street beat N’Awlins band led by the musical polymath Ken Field, whose debut CD was acclaimed as one of the best of the year by Brooklynite John Schaefer, the encyclopedic music director of WNYC, and by the New Orleans Gambit Weekly Newspaper, amongst others.” — Neil Feldman
“One serious party album – an instrumental record infectious enough to keep the bodily juices bubbling, and interesting enough to keep the noggin engaged, as well.” — Charles Winokoor