Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music.
“Led by Ken Field, an alto saxophonist and flutist, this Boston-area band puts a premium on Mardi Gras-style rhythm – the opening track of its new album, Live Snakes, is aptly titled Parade – but also pursues a sinuous, writhing counterpoint, in ways that justify the band’s name.”— New York Times
“Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has been putting its unique and somewhat twisted twist on the New Orleans brass band tradition for more than 25 years…hard-partying avant-funk, with boisterous soloing…I Want That Sound! is a strong example of how Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble continue to push the brass band tradition forward in an entirely original way, all the while making music that’s a heck of a lot of fun.”— NYC Jazz Record
“New Orleans brass band meets Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman – fiery yet booty-shaking music – it’s a stone cold killer diller! … Most bands can’t get the New Orleans stuff right, but the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is one of the few who does and then takes it in fascinating directions.”— OffBeat (New Orleans)
“The band thrives on experimentation while still keeping things accessible…passionately performed… captivating”— Editor’s Pick, Downbeat Magazine
Night Life Pick of the Week: “OUT OF LEFT FIELD: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a writhing, horn-heavy group led by the Boston-based saxophonist and composer Ken Field, dresses in feathered masks and sequined robes and covers a broad range of funk- and New Orleans-inspired music. A seasoned collection of horn and percussion players, the group puts a funky spin on everything from Billy Idol to Ornette Coleman.” — The New Yorker
“If the wailing vigil of Down By the Riverside doesn’t rake your spine, chances are you don’t have one…It’s quite possibly the most convincing treatment of New Orleans by a non-native since Hugh Masakela’s Goin’ Back to New Orleans…If [Field]’s not re-arranging some holy chestnut, he’s dreaming up freaky, wind-jamming floor monsters like The Large S.” — Brendon Griffin, PopMatters
“They’ve pretty much modernized the traditional concept, and they’ve spun it into a singular sound that’s very unique and very vibrant. They accelerated the norm. They went past the tried and true. They managed to do it all with a very distinct musical persona.” — Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, interviewed on Morning Edition