SNARKY PUPPY — GroundUP

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Live album · 2012

Filed under Nu Jazz
By SNARKY PUPPY

Tracklist

CD1-1 Thing Of Gold
CD1-2 Bent Nails
CD1-3 Minjor
CD1-4 Binky
CD1-5 Mr. Montauk
CD1-6 Like A Light
CD1-7 Young Stuff
CD1-8 Quarter Master
DVD1-1 Play All
DVD1-2 Live In Brooklyn
DVD1-3 Tour Footage
DVD1-4 Chapter Selection

Line-up/Musicians

Michael League - bass, key bass
Shauna Martin - keyboards
Bill Laurence - keyboards
Cory Henry - keybards
Justin Stanton - keyboards, trumpet
Robert "Sput" Searight - drums
Bob Lanzetti - guitar, baritone guitar
Mark Lettieri - guitar
Chris McQueen - guitar, baritone guitar
Keith Ogawa - percussion
Marcelo Woloski - percussion
Nate Werth - percussion
Mike Maher - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jay Jennings - trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Bullock - saxophone
Andy Hunters - trombone
Zach Brock - violin
Eylem Basaldi - violin
Maria Im - violin
Roni Gan - viola
Jody Redhage - cello

About this release

Art Of Groove ‎– MIG 80162 CD+DVD (Germany)

Recorded and filmed live, free of overdubs, on December 14, 15, & 16, 2011, at Shapeshifter Lab Brooklyn, New York

Thanks to Sean Trane for the addition and snobb for the updates

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js
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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