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NIGHT LIFE PICK OF THE WEEK: "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."
"I love the disc!"
"RSE's album starts with the slinkiest and sassiest version of the gospel chestnut 'Just a Closer Walk' ever heard"
"If the wailing vigil ofDown By the Riversidedoesn't rake your spine, chances are you don't have one...It's quite possibly the most convincing treatment of New Orleans by a non-native since Hugh Masakela's Goin' Back to New Orleans...If [Field]'s not re-arranging some holy chestnut, he's dreaming up freaky, wind-jamming floor monsters like The Large S."
"A quirky, idiosyncratic band capable of both partying and intellectual discourse...A formidable slew of potent originals...The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has taken danceable music to both earthy and progressive levels."
"About the most fun I've had musically all year."
"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."
"Unlike most modernisations of supposedly 'traditional' concepts, this one has an informing logic that carries it through, and by the time you get toMinor Vee and Under the Skin, both written by saxophonist/leader Ken Field, you're a voodoo convert."
"Three cheers and five stars - Thoroughly happening!"
"The music is what counts, and Forked Tongue demonstrates why the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble matters."
"The album is GREAT! [It] touches all the right cornerstones of jazz, but also funks my socks off"
"I can't stop playing this crazy CD over and over again. Doctor, is there an antidote? I am having visions of Mardi Gras parties out of control. They call it a brass band, but there must be some voodoo in this music."
"I dig it quite a bit and think [they've] hit on something quite original in the world of jazz and beyond."
"Their most focused, adventurous, and rollicking effort yet. Ken Field's Snakes march their jazzy New Orleans-style second line in slinking, swaggering new directions"
"Ecco un disco coraggioso e divertente, che non mancheranno di suscitare interesse in un pubblico a trecentosessanta gradi con la sua energia stradaiola, che si nutre di memoria e innovazione allo stesso tempo."
"Un disco divertido sin ser banal, con humor sin perder autoridad conceptual, que suene familiar y accessible sin que sea reiterativo o intrascendente y que reœna en un mismo piano retazos sonorous de Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic, Sex Mob, James Brown y Lounge Lizards impregnado del bullicioso esp’ritu de las marching bands de New Orleans...El Revolutionary Snake Ensemble es un sopio de aire fresco que, sin mensajes subliminales ni segundas lecturas, entretiene con inteligencia, ingenio y simpat’a."
"An original musical presence"
"A super CD"
"What a fantastic groove!"
"I love it"
The 2nd release by Field's improvisational & experimental brass band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, this disc made it onto the CMJ jazz chart in its first week out.
"Their most focused, adventurous, and rollicking effort yet. Ken Field's Snakes march their jazzy New Orleans-style second line in slinking, swaggering new directions" The Boston Globe
Available from Cuneiform Records.