SNARKY PUPPY

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With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD “Tell Your Friends” (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.

The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (“Best Jazz Act” 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience.

It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions- jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a
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SNARKY PUPPY the only constant album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
the only constant
Nu Jazz 2006
SNARKY PUPPY The World is Getting Smaller album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The World is Getting Smaller
Nu Jazz 2007
SNARKY PUPPY Bring Us the Bright album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Bring Us the Bright
Nu Jazz 2008
SNARKY PUPPY Family Dinner Volume 1 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Family Dinner Volume 1
Nu Jazz 2013
SNARKY PUPPY Family Dinner Vol. 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Family Dinner Vol. 2
Nu Jazz 2016
SNARKY PUPPY Culcha Vulcha album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Culcha Vulcha
Nu Jazz 2016
SNARKY PUPPY Immigrance album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Immigrance
Nu Jazz 2019

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SNARKY PUPPY Shark Tank album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shark Tank
Nu Jazz 2018

SNARKY PUPPY live albums

SNARKY PUPPY Tell Your Friends album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Tell Your Friends
Nu Jazz 2010
SNARKY PUPPY GroundUP album cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
GroundUP
Nu Jazz 2012
SNARKY PUPPY We Like It Here album cover 5.00 | 3 ratings
We Like It Here
Nu Jazz 2014
SNARKY PUPPY Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest : Sylva album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest : Sylva
Progressive Big Band 2015
SNARKY PUPPY World Tour 2015 Collector's Edition Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World Tour 2015 Collector's Edition Box Set
Progressive Big Band 2016
SNARKY PUPPY 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festifal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festifal
Nu Jazz 2016
SNARKY PUPPY Live at Royal Albert Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Royal Albert Hall
Nu Jazz 2020

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SNARKY PUPPY GroundUP

Live album · 2012 · Nu Jazz
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Like a lot of modern jazz bands, it isn’t easy to stick a genre tag on Snarky Puppy. At first listen to their latest album, “groundUP”, its easy to notice their blend of trip-hop cool with an orchestrated 60s retro-lounge sound that places them with today’s European nu jazz scene, but then other times they can get fairly heated along the lines of contemporary stateside jazz funksters like Lettuce and Soulive. Although regional musical stereotypes don’t always hold true, possibly the Pups can be seen as the “American” version of the nu jazz sound with a stateside tendency towards the bright and bold. On the plus side, this energetic approach can recall classic horn driven funky fusion groups like the Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham and Tower of Power, but the more glib side can sound like a late night talk show house band keeping the audience awake during a commercial break.

Most of the music on here is more or less of a groove type nature with the Pups skillfully blending hip-hop, African pop, contemporary RnB, funk-jazz and other related rhythms. They top this with a sophisticated jazzy orchestra sound spiced with cool retro analog synthesizers and lots of quality solos from the horns, keys etc. No doubt Puppy is one of those rare jazz ensembles that has learned how to entertain folks outside the realm of jazz fandom and have no problem packing the dance floor at clubs and festivals all around the world. “GroundUP” may not be the most serious jazz recording, but it’s the quality of the arrangements and the solos that raise Snarky Puppy above the pack of groove-jazz wannabes.

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