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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

2014-11-23
New Art Rock website launches – We'd like to welcome another player into the field of covering music outside the mainstream. Art Rockin' is a nice looking site offering coverage of a lot of the same artists we do at Exposé. » Read more

2014-10-31
McLatchey's Top Tier debuts today – Mike McLatchey hasn't written for Exposé for several years now, but we're welcoming him back to our "pages" with his occasional series of reviews of his favorite albums of all time. The reviews were originally posted on his Facebook timeline, but we're republishing them here for wider exposure. » Read more

2014-10-25
Jack Bruce RIP – The sad news reaches us that legendary bassist Jack Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71. His work, first with Cream, and then on numerous solo releases as well as guesting with other artists, had a significant impact on the role of the bass guitar in rock music. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Roy Harper - The Unknown Soldier Typically Roy Harper doesn't fall into a progressive rock vein, preferring to create an English version of Bob Dylan's never ending hippie dream. But in 1980 he amassed several friends whose...  (2000) » Read more

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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