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Ken Field & The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: The Musical Road Less Taken

Read "Ken Field & The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: The Musical Road Less Taken" reviewed by Tod Smith


Saxophonist/composer Ken Field describes the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble as a “funk and street beat brass band playing New Orleans and other modern improvised celebratory styles." Playing original compositions and those of artists as diverse as Billy Idol and Ornette Coleman, the RSE was formed in 1990 to entertain a at a pagan women's ritual celebration. The project continued and today RSE is a fixture on the Boston, New York and New Orleans musical scenes. RSE's two discs--Year of the Snake ...

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Album Review

Ken Field: Under the Skin

Read "Under the Skin" reviewed by Samuel Chell


The opening track's sounds of bass with alto saxophone improvising over a street beat are practically an invitation to dance, especially to anyone who's been a “second liner" in a traditional New Orleans funeral recessional. This music, after all, was composed by alto saxophonist Ken Field as “dance music," an integral component of a multimedia work, Under the Skin, combining live dance performance, original music, and visual technology. The technology used in constructing the musical pieces is apt to make ...

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Album Review

Ken Field: Tokyo in F

Read "Tokyo in F" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Whether educating students at workshops, scoring soundtracks for television, i.e. “Sesame Street”, “HBO” and “PBS” or his ongoing affiliation with the band, “Birdsongs of the Mesozoic”, New England area saxophonist/composer Ken Field is liable to pull quite a few tricks out of the many hats he wears. With two highly acclaimed solo efforts to his credit, Pictures of Motion and Subterranea Field’s latest recording features three reputable Japanese musicians whom he had only met prior to the actual performance.

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Album Review

Ken Field/Katsui Yuji/Kido Natsuki/Shimizu Kazuto: Tokyo In F

Read "Tokyo In F" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Tokyo in F presents the international meeting of American Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic) with Japanese musicians Kazuto (Arepos), Natsuki (Bondage Fruit), and Yuji (Bondage Fruit). Since this group of musicians had not previously played together before their date at Tokyo's In F nightclub, this live record oozes with spontaneity and a constant sense of discovery. Combining the restrained sound of chamber music with the constant fluxology of free jazz, the quartet makes creative use of its fresh instrumentation. ...

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Album Review

Ken Field: Pictures Of Motion

Read "Pictures Of Motion" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Ken Field has crafted thirteen sonic pictures of pure sax excellence. They range from introspectively dark or airy ambience to peppy, bopping bounces. This is a stroll down neon-lit alleyways of mod jazz hipness. Some pieces are somber, solo, alto saxophone, sometimes layered or effects-altered and others are amplified with drums, acoustic bass, fretless electric bass, drums and percussion. Best references for what is happening here are adventurous works by Dave Binney, Theo Travis, Gallery, Paul McCandless, and mellower Lost ...

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Album Review

Ken Field: Pictures of Motion

Read "Pictures of Motion" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Composer /Saxophonist/Percussionist Ken Field is adept in the art of culture jamming. His music, played on Sesame Street, schemes to steer the little ones away from senseless drivel and back to creative music. Field, a member of the celebrated modern music ensemble Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic since 1988, has his second solo release, a follow-up to the 1996 Subterranea (O.O. Discs). Like his first release, he utilizes the overdubbing of his alto saxophone, to produce sounds reminiscent of Jameel Moondog, ...


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