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    Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – “Live Snakes” – [Accurate Records]

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    Pretty heavy duty one-two punch starts this album from a fast flying
    hydra big band led by Ken Field. Track 1, “Parade” while touching
    on elements of the New Orleans tradition, caught my ear as a
    lost modern brother of the South African bands with Chris McGregor
    and Dudu Pukwana. Breath-taking upbeat on that, and the energy
    drives on into “Cassandra 4” the second track. Both of those
    feature TWO drummers, Kenny Wollesen and either Phil Neighbors
    or Joey Lefitz (actually most tracks have two drummers) but
    you really feel the snap from them on those two lead-off cuts.
    Jerry Sabatini’s trumpet is at times alone (although doubled
    in spacey delay) with the drummers on #2, and it’s quite the
    stirring cockatil. Alex Smith’s electric bass thumbs along for
    the ride, and when Field hops on for his solo, the funk button
    is in full effect. Their first cover “Rock of Ages” is up next
    and New Orleans flavors are strong. On “Slots” Matt Darriau
    (we’ve got some old killer Paradox Trio stuff from him), makes
    his presence felt, not just with the criss-crossing melody lines
    with Field, but a flute-flavored color-by-numbers section that
    trickles to near silence, before Wollesen jumpstarts it back
    to finish. More covers follow “Caravan” is pretty damn sauntery
    if not stoney and the best of that lot IMHO. “For Karen” offers
    a drifty fog, “I Got It” is a sunny marching band. I wonder of
    the last two tracks were CD add-ons, but whoever put them on
    thanks…the theremin-pierced remix is galacti, and “Breakdown”
    hearkens back to some of the best Thirsty Ear beat-collider
    digi-blue jazz. Ride the Snake!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    Thanks for this awesome review – you guys rock big time!

  • Comment by Ken Field, January 31st, 2015 9:52 am

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