Live Snakes by saxophonist Ken Field and his jazz-funk ensemble Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a jubiliant celebration of music and life. The project credits Field’s wife, Karen Aqua, who passed away during the production of this recording, as the inspiration for many of the tunes and the spirited feel of the music. The costumed horn-driven unit puts on a show in this collection of live performances. The music has a serious New Orleans flavor with a blend of originals and spirited covers of jazz standards. Joining Field is a first rate lineup of talents, including Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Charles Neville on tenor saxophone, Matt Darriau on tenor sax and flutes, Danny Heath and Josh Roseman on trombones, Blake Newman on upright bass, Alex Smith on electric bass, and Phil Neighbors and Joey Lefitz on drums among many others. This is one movin’, groovin’ funfest.
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Tracks: Parade, Cassandra 4, Rock of Ages, Slots, Caravan, Cassandra 5, For Karen, I’ll Fly Away, Que Sera Sera, I Got It, Cassandra 4 Remix, Breakdown Part 1.