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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

2015-04-08
Sonic Voyage Fest launches in New England – Sonic Voyage is described as a “travelling progressive rock festival,” a somewhat different concept than the standard music festival. May 22-24 (Memorial Day Weekend in the US), three progressive rock bands will present their music in three different venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. » Read more

2015-04-07
New progressive rock festival in Texas – Some enterprising music fans in Ausin, Texas have decided to take the plunge and stage a progressive music festival. We've been covering some of the great artists in that city, and some of them will be taking part: Transit Method, Proud Peasant, and Aaron Clift. The event is set for June 13, 2015. » Read more

2015-03-26
RIP John Renbourn – John Renbourn, the Scottish guitarist and founding member of the influential folk-rock-jazz band Pentangle, has died at the age of 70. His elaborate style of playing, as well as his willingness to experiment with sounds from around the world, were hugely influential in the folk music as well as being precursors to what was later called World Music. » Read more

2015-03-13
Seaprog 2015 First Band Announcements – The Seaprog festival in Seattle will present its third instalment in August, and the organizers have announced their first signings to perform. Italian artist Debora Petrina will appear, along with California prog darlings MoeTar. The festival will take place August 7-9, 2015. » 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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