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2015-05-19
Chris Squire vs leukemia – Word reaches us today that renowned bassist Chris Squire, founding and longest-serving member of Yes, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He'll be undergoing treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, and the band will have long-time associate Billy Sherwood filling in on tour dates which are already booked. » Read more

2015-05-10
Seaprog announces Nik Turner as headliner for 2015 – The Seaprog Festival in Seattle has announced their headlining artists for the 2015 edition. Space-rock veteran Nik Turner will front an all-star collection of Seattle musicians for a sonic exploration on Sunday, August 9; Indonesian jazz-rock stars I Know You Well Miss Clara will also be performing, with their first North American show. » Read more

2015-05-10
Voyager Music Festival update – As the summer festival season quickly approaches, we're getting updates about all the events going on. Here's the latest from the Voyager Festival in Austin, Texas, set for June 13, 2015. » Read more

2015-05-06
Guy LeBlanc RIP – Composer and keyboardist Guy LeBlanc, best known for his band Nathan Mahl and a stint with Camel, died on April 27, 2015 of kidney cancer. He was 54 years old. » Read more

2015-04-11
Robert Rich performance in Santa Clara CA July 11th – Robert Rich has confirmed he will be preforming a very special one-off show at the home of Brad Owen at 2905 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051 with an after show party to follow, this will be open to the public but seating will be very limited! » 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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