Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

“Year of the Snake” (Innova)

This album kicks off with the aptly-titled “Parade,” what you’d likely expect to hear from a typical New Orleans marching band. But soon enough things go delightfully awry, as one would expect from the hands of musical innovator Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic). Bass lines pop like Parliament and the brass band offers up a version of Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa.” The group also takes on numbers by Sun Ra, John Scofield and James Brown, along the way towards dragging the brass band into the 21st century. [ 12/21/03 ]
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