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Tom Hall, Ken Field and Blake Newman of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble play at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Mass. (WBUR/Kathleen McNerney)MoreCloseclosemore
Tom Hall, Ken Field and Blake Newman of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble play at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Mass. (WBUR/Kathleen McNerney)

The Cambridge-based jazz band Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's new album, "Live Snakes," draws heavily on the tradition of the New Orleans Jazz Funeral, which mixes the somber with the ecstatic.

We caught up with the group recently at a party at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge. Band members dress in colorful sequined jackets and feathered head-dresses, which adds to the fun and exuberance of their music.

Their new album is called "Live Snakes." Their CD release party is Tuesday night at the Regattabar in Cambridge.

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Ken Field, saxophonist and composer

This segment aired on March 3, 2014.

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