Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Mark F. Turner
With all of the press about economic woes, meteorological catastrophes, sleazy politics, and other calamities, the news can be overwhelmingly depressing. But artists have always found an outlet for transcending the blues through music. Enter Snarky Puppy to add some relief; a collective with over 25 players in regular rotation from Dallas and New York City, bringing a rotund sound of heady jazz, infectious funk and world music influences. One thing that resonates is the collective's ability to hold the groove line, as they say: "Music to move the brain and booty."
The key to the group's sound is found in its core members, who have performed with a who's who list of names: Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Garrett and YoYo Ma, to name a few. But it's the cohesive arrangements, strong playing, and approachability that have earned Snark Puppy's recognition. Recorded live in the front of a studio audience groundUP is the band's fourth release. ... read more...
Personnel: Chris McQueen, Bob Lanzetti (guitar, baritone guitar); Mark Lettieri (guitar); Eylem Basaldi, Maria Im, Zach Brock (violin); Roni Gan (viola); Jody Redhage (cello); Chris Bullock (saxophone); Jay Jennings, Mike Maher (trumpet, flugelhorn); Justin Stanton (trumpet, keyboards); Andy Hunter (trombone); Cory Henry, Bill Laurance, Shaun Martin (keyboards); Robert "Sput" Searight (drums); Marcelo Woloski, Keita Ogawa, Nate Werth (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Eric Hartman.
Recording information: Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY (12/14/2011-12/16/2011).
Editors: Michael League; Andy Laviolette.
Arranger: Michael League.