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2014-12-06
The 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus International Psychedelic Festival Dates Announced – Fruits de Mer announces the Psychedelic Music Festival of 2015, or at least the FdM Festival of 2015, with dates set for August in Wales. » Read more

2014-12-04
Another Sad Passing: Ian McLagan RIP – Ian McLagan, keyboardist for the Faces / Small Faces passed away at age 69 in Austin, TX on Dec 3, 2014 from a stroke. » Read more

2014-12-04
Clive Palmer RIP – The sad news reaches us that Incredible String Band co-founder Clive Palmer passed away at age 71 on November 23, 2014. » Read more

2014-11-27
Rustblade Announces Release of New Legendary Pink Dots Album – Ten to the Power of Nine (109) is a new Legendary Pink Dots album being released worldwide on November 28, 2014. It is a dark concept album of conspiracies and secrets. » Read more

2014-11-26
Cuneiform Turns 30: The Albums of 2014: a "Name Your Price" Compilation Album – On Thanksgiving 2014, Cuneiform expresses gratitude for surviving over the past 30 years inside the music business, despite being a record label devoted to releasing music far outside the mainstream. Cuneiform released 20 albums of high-quality, genre-defiant music in 2014, the largest number of albums they have ever released in a single year!  » Read more

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Revolutionary Snake Ensemble — Live Snakes
(Accurate Records AC-5065, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-07-22

Cover artSaxophonist Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is basically a seven to fourteen-piece portable jazz party, a big band sound with a huge nod to dixieland and numerous other styles, as well as some brilliant improvisation. The live setting makes this even more fun than usual; it’s hard not to find joy and jubilation in these instrumental grooves. A dozen live cuts – only a few of which have appeared on earlier releases, were drawn from four shows over a two year period, so the group membership varies from track to track, but one will find trumpets, trombones, alto and tenor saxes, flutes, acoustic and electric bass, and (usually double) drums in abundance, along with occasional tuba and additional percussives. Roughly half of the tunes here are Ken Field originals, the balance being superb interpretations of standards and traditional pieces. Among the latter are an inspired version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” the traditional “Rock of Ages,” and the 50s pop hit “Que Sera Sera” made popular by Doris Day, although the RSE version presented here breathes a whole new life into that old classic. Of special note is “For Karen,” a seven-minute group improvisation that segues directly into “I’ll Fly Away,” a 30s piece traditionally played at funerals – the feeling morphs gently from melancholy to joy, these two pieces dedicated to the recently departed animated film producer Karen Aqua (1954-2011). Also of note are the last two tracks on the disc, which are remixes of other pieces recorded by the group. All taken, a very fun release that deserves to be heard by all.

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