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From All About Jazz: “Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Returns to NYC”

Boston’s Acclaimed Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Returns to New York City Bringing their Avant Second Line New Orleans Funk Back For the First Time in Two Years

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Dressed a la Mardi Gras in feathered masks and multi-colored, sequined costumes, playing music that riotously combines the rhythms of New Orleans brass bands with improvisation and heaping undercurrents of funk, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble inhabits that rare musical planet on which Sun Ra, James Brown, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and a myriad of New Orleans marching bands jointly reside.

They return to New York with a special line-up including trombonist Josh Roseman and drummer Kenny Wollesen with shows on May 20 at Barbes and May 22 at The Stone. The shows will be recorded so come out and be part of the celebration.

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE

Ken Field/alto sax
Alex Smith/electric bass
Blake Newman/acoustic bass
Joey Lefitz/drums
Kenny Wollesen/drums
Alex Asher/trombone
Josh Roseman/trombone
Daniel Heath/trombone
Jerry Sabatini/trumpet

Their first CD, Year of the Snake, on Innova Recordings was released in 2003. It included music by Field as well as Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others, with liner notes written by two-time Grammy-winning New Orleans music producer Scott Billington.”

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Innova 599 (2003)

The CD is available from Innova or Amazon, the .mp3 album is available at Amazon.

see the ful AAJ article here.

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