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2014-09-18
Kenny Wheeler RIP – Today we heard of a sad passing in the worlds of jazz and explorational music. Kenny Wheeler was a Canadian-born player of trumpet and flugelhorn as well as an accomplished composer. He was 84 years old, and has been in failing health for some time. His work as a leader, as well as with such diverse figures as Anthony Braxton, Ian Carr, Bill Bruford, David Sylvian, Graham Collier, and scores of others, redefined what a flugelhorn could do and brought many musical worlds together. » Read more

2014-09-07
Amy Denio Seeks funding for a Creative Explosion – The multi- (mega-) talented Amy Denio has a lot of music she'd like to get recorded, but (like so many great artists) finds that money is hard to come by, so she's asking for your help. » Read more

2014-08-30
Glenn Cornick RIP – Glenn Cornick, the original bassist in Jethro Tull, has passed away at his home in Hawaii. He was 67 years old, and had been in hospice care for some time. Cornick appeared on This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit, as well as parts of Living in the Past. » Read more

2014-08-25
Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom Starts Crowd Funding Campaign – Ian Shirley of Record Collector magazine has a Kickstarter Campaign to reissue the lovingly restored music of his former band, The Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom. You can help Ian release this undiscovered music on vinyl! » Read more

2014-08-25
Il Tempio delle Clessidre DVD now out – The DVD of their monumental concert in Seoul in October 2011 is finally released! » 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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