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2014-10-31
McLatchey's Top Tier debuts today – Mike McLatchey hasn't written for Exposé for several years now, but we're welcoming 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

2014-10-20
Games for May festival announced – The first Fruits de Mer festival for 2015 is announced well in advance so no one can claim that they are too busy to attend, if you happen to be in Putney on May 24, 2015. » Read more

2014-10-17
Documentary about The Residents in the works – Since their beginnings back in the 70s, The Residents have amazed and confused those who heard their strange variety of music. Theory of Obscurity is a film about this strange avant-garde arts collective, and it's now in post production. » Read more

2014-10-02
Gentle Giant's Live at the Bicentennial Due out November 18 – Happy news reaches us from Alucard Music, official keeper of the Gentle Giant legacy, that a new archival live release will be out soon. The show took place July 3, 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, and was broadcast on a local radio station. » Read more

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Quantum - Quantum This outstanding Brazilian instrumental five-piece recorded only this one album in the early eighties, and then disappeared. Their sound combines the best elements of the European progressive sound...  (1993) » 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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