Year of the Snake

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On Year of the Snake, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble met a tough challenge: to create jazz with roots in the jovial New Orleans brass band tradition, but with more than enough modern twists to make it sound fresh and original, and certainly not at all revivalist. It's not just that the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble mix original material and eclectic cover choices, including "Iko Iko," Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa," James Brown's "Soul Power," and Sun Ra's "A Call for All Demons." It's also how they mix in a lot of contemporary soul and funk influences, particularly in some of Aaron Bellamy's popping electric basslines, almost as if they're as influenced by the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On Year of the Snake, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble met a tough challenge: to create jazz with roots in the jovial New Orleans brass band tradition, but with more than enough modern twists to make it sound fresh and original, and certainly not at all revivalist. It's not just that the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble mix original material and eclectic cover choices, including "Iko Iko," Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa," James Brown's "Soul Power," and Sun Ra's "A Call for All Demons." It's also how they mix in a lot of contemporary soul and funk influences, particularly in some of Aaron Bellamy's popping electric basslines, almost as if they're as influenced by the Meters as Crescent City jazz. There are also some almost klezmer and tango-like lines on some of the less avowedly New Orleans-grounded work, and a healthy sense of irreverent joie de vivre in the polyphonic grooves, though "Parade" is along the lines of what you might see a struttin' band play in an actual New Orleans parade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708659929
  • Catalog Number: 599
  • Sales rank: 242,064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Parade (5:27)
  2. 2 Year of the Snake (2:22)
  3. 3 Soul Makossa (5:37)
  4. 4 Soul Power (5:04)
  5. 5 A Call for All Demons (6:57)
  6. 6 Central Square (5:51)
  7. 7 Some Nerve (4:29)
  8. 8 El Choclo (5:18)
  9. 9 Iko Iko/Aicho (5:43)
  10. 10 I Got It (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Primary Artist
Ken Field Indexed Contributor, Percussion, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase Baritone Saxophone
Mickey Bones Percussion, Snare Drums
Larry Dersch Percussion
Bob Pilkington Trombone
Brian Thomas Trombone
Karen Aqua Percussion, Conga
Scott Getchell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Aaron Bellamy Electric Bass
Eric Paull Drums
Mark Caughill Tenor Saxophone
Ethan Meyer Drums
Derek VanBeever Acoustic Bass
Jon Fraser Trumpet
Lennie Peterson Trombone
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
John Scofield Composer
Manu Dibango Composer
Scott Billington Liner Notes
Ken Field Composer, Producer
Bob Pilkington Composer
Sun Ra Composer
Tony Gillis Mastering
Alfred Ellis Composer
Enrique Santos Disc├ępolo Composer
Angel Villoldo Composer
Chris Strouth Executive Producer
Public Domain Composer
Eric Paull Composer
Derek VanBeever Composer
Andy Pinkham Engineer
James "Sugarboy" Crawford Composer
Lennie Peterson Composer
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