Exposé Online banner

Ken Field — Under the Skin
(Innova 208, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Under the Skin Cover artWe all know saxophonist Field from his many years with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and of late, his Revolutionary Snake Ensemble also. His solo albums tend to be lesser known, perhaps because they are often commissioned works for dance, without the wide distribution afforded his band releases. They are nonetheless excellent and equally adventurous, as Under the Skin will immediately testify to; it was created as the soundtrack for a multimedia and dance presentation of the same name by choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer. The eight pieces herein rock, swing and groove their way along playfully using multilayered saxophone embellishments, the different melodic parts crossing, overlapping, and complementing one another. The interesting thing is that it's all done with alto sax exclusively, using numerous overdubs (these ears can count as many as eight parts on some of the numbers). The compositions move along joyously, informed by jazz, lively funk, classical, and tasty grooves, driving sublime melodies and infectious rhythms. All of these are certain to get the feet moving — this be after all music for dance, so a strong rhythmic current underscores everything. Field is joined by bassist Jesse Williams and drummer Phil Neighbors on most of the pieces. The only minus is it's all over in only 25 minutes; I guess that's all the music they needed for the production. As they say, it's not the quantity but the quality, and this is certainly one where every minute counts.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Ken Field

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Spirit - 1984 – Be warned, this is not an authorized release — not even close. What we have here is (a) one track ("1984") recorded live in Bremen in 1969 (no further details...), (b) the entire...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues