Snarky Puppy defies the idea that the music they make can be put in any one box. For them, the idea behind making music is simple. While the album does not deal with a narrative or idea that unfolds through lyrics, its conceptual basis is clear. The album is chock-full of Snarky Puppy signatures that you can hear on almost every song. Blistering, improvised solos? Drum grooves that are both complicated and get you moving?
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Snarky Puppy is one of the most unlikely bands to make a splash in the hip-hop and saccharine-sweet pop saturated music scene of Snarky Puppy is led by bass player and composer Michael League, who is widely known as one of the hardest working individuals in the music scene since James Brown Snarky Puppy played performances in 18 countries last year. The album was simultaneously recorded and performed to a live studio audience in Utrecht, Netherlands, which is an extremely rare and impressive concept, especially considering the intricacy and improvisational elements of their music. The song begins with a heavily groovy and dub step influenced riff in the bass and drums, which is completed by the horn section carrying an intoxicating melody overtop. A great solo is like a story with an exposition, rising action, and climax. It simply grows and grows in intensity until it is finally over and the only think you can think to do is laugh. I understand that instrumental music like this can be a bit hard to grasp, but paired with the high quality video, it is impossible not become enthralled with the energy and elation of all the musicians involved. A great moment is at the end song when we see Cory Henry jumping up and down laughing, seemingly in disbelief of his own abilities. Shofukan by Snarky Puppy is less in your face than Lingus , and not to mention about four minutes shorter. However, that is not say it is any less impressive.
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Snarky Puppy is a very special musical group made up of some of the best jazz fusion instrumentalists in the world. As a group they have won multiple Grammy awards, but individual members have also won solo Grammy awards. To me, something special about Snarky Puppy is the fact that no matter how successful individual members of the group become, they still find a way to come together in the name of Snarky Puppy. Their love for one another and bond can be heard in their music and even seen in their performance. Their audience is often a small group in an intimate setting. Each audience member gets a pair of headphones and has the opportunity to be a fly on the wall during the recording session.