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Jazz - Released April 20, 2015 | Impulse!

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released March 15, 2019 | GroundUP

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“On stage, Snarky Puppy is amazing! Not so much on record…” The American collective has heard this one quite a few times since breaking onto the jazz scene in the early 2000s. With Immigrance however, Michael League’s band authors a strong, raw and direct album, and without a doubt one of their most refined. And like the title may suggest, it pays tribute to population exchanges and migrations, encapsulating the very essence of Snarky Puppy that draws from the diversity of its members, who originate from all corners of the United States and the world. “The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of migration”, explains League. “Obviously the album’s title is not without political undertones… Like Culcha Vulcha, this record is largely inspired by our travels, and we’re always trying to pass specific ideas through our filter and into our idiom without being disrespectful to the tradition at hand.” As usual with Snarky Puppy, the jazz appellation can be both judicious and irrelevant. The sheer amount of influences brewed here prevents the Texan collective from ever going in circles. Fusion jazz feeds from electro, then moves onto Eastern inspirations before stepping back to a more classical format, then dives head first into a rock volcano on the border with trance music, and finally takes a sudden funky groove turn. The whirlwind is intense, carried by the band’s foolproof instrumental virtuosity. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released February 25, 2014 | GroundUP

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Jazz - Released April 29, 2016 | GroundUp Music, LLC

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Culcha Vulcha marks the first time Snarky Puppy has recorded in a studio in eight years. Between 2006's The Only Constant and this, the Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based collective issued a generous slate of live albums according to a single strategy: capturing a single dynamic performance and messing with it as little as possible. This date proves they can accomplish that in a studio, too. Culcha Vulcha was cut at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas and in Brooklyn. There is no dearth of energy or spontaneity on this strikingly varied set. The musical reach of bassist Michael League's compositions allows for dynamic group interplay as well improvisation and exploration. Things get off to a roaring, funky start on "Tarova," with all 17 members shaking it down led by organ, Rhodes piano, fat, thrumming bass, hot snare breaks, swinging violin, and blazing horns that touch on everything from Muscle Shoals to East Indian modalism to Southern gospel. "Semente," alternately, is a Latin jazz workout that nods at Mexican bandleader Luis Arcaraz's mariachi-inspired lyricism combined with Afro-Cuban rhythms and Northern Soul with its killer string chart. "Gemini" is more nocturnal and spacy as the melodic interplay between guitars and Rhodes is balanced by a hypnotic drum kit pulse, then underscored by an out saxophone solo. "Grown Folks" delivers a bubbling funk bassline, a jazzy hip-hop drum shuffle, and a neo-soul harmonic line around bluesy, cinematic horns and dubby jazz keyboards. The soundtrack vibe is also present on the glorious "Palermo," recalling at once Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Jon Hassell's Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, with labyrinthine woodwinds, keys, brass, and rhythms. "The Big Ugly" is post-psychedelic jazz-rock grounded in deep soul. Layers of keyboards -- Rhodes, clavinet, organ, and an out-of-this-world Moog solo by Cory Henry -- alternate roles up front as colorful horns take on wah-wah and solo guitars, strings, crashing tom-toms, and kick drums, all grounded by a nasty, elastic bassline. Over nine-minutes long, it is an anthemic, suite-like closer. Culcha Vulcha is an inseparable whole; each tune is a doorway into the next, with no visible seams. No matter how different individual tracks are from one another, they unfold like stages in a dream. Any listener who has derived satisfaction from Snarky Puppy's live recordings will easily find it here, too. This is the place where musical restlessness and discipline meet creative adventure. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released December 1, 2012 | GroundUP

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Jazz - Released February 12, 2016 | GroundUp Music-Family Dinner 2

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Jazz - Released September 24, 2013 | GroundUP

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Jazz - Released April 29, 2016 | GroundUp Music, LLC

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Jazz - Released February 12, 2016 | GroundUp Music-Family Dinner 2

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Family Dinner, Vol. 2 is the tenth album from American jazz outfit Snarky Puppy and follows their Grammy Award-winning 2015 release Sylva. As with previous releases the album features a whole host of guests, including vocalists and performers David Crosby, Laura Mvula, Susana Baca, and Salif Keïta, among others.
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Jazz - Released December 1, 2010 | GroundUP

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Jazz - Released July 30, 2013 | GroundUP

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 18, 2019 | GroundUP

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Jazz - Released February 12, 2016 | GroundUp Music-Family Dinner 2

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Family Dinner, Vol. 2 is the tenth album from American jazz outfit Snarky Puppy and follows their Grammy Award-winning 2015 release Sylva. As with previous releases the album features a whole host of guests, including vocalists and performers David Crosby, Laura Mvula, Susana Baca, and Salif Keïta, among others.
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Jazz - Released February 12, 2016 | GroundUp Music-Family Dinner 2

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released February 22, 2019 | GroundUP

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    The Qobuz Minute #35 Presented by Barry Moore, The Qobuz Minute sweeps you away to the 4 corners of the musical universe to bring you an eclectic mix of today's brightest talents. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music ...