Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Family Dinner - Vol. Two is the 2nd in a series which began with 2014's Grammy Award-winning album, Family Dinner - Vol. One. The chart-topping, fusion-influenced Snarky Puppy make exploratory jazz, rock, and funk, and here they act as "backing band" to some of the world's greatest vocalists, musicians and songwriters. Accompanying DVD includes performances of 5 more songs not included in the audio disc, & the double-gatefold vinyl version will contain the companion DVD & digital download card.
This album is the second in the Family Dinner series; which began with 2014s Grammy Award-winning album, Family Dinner - Volume One.
Family Dinner - Volume Two includes both the audio album and a companion DVD that features footage of the recording process, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes b-roll. Recorded in New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Family Dinner - Volume Two will be donated to the charity organization Roots of Music. As their website states, Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentor-ship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city.
David Crosby (legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist)
Michelle Willis (Toronto-based singer-songwriter and GroundUP recording artist)
Jeff Coffin (sax player from the Dave Matthews Band, based in Nashville)
Väsen (Swedish folk rock band)
Carlos Malta (Brazilian flutist)
Susana Baca (Peruvian singer-songwriter)
Charlie Hunter (American jazz guitarist)
Chris Turner (Oakland-born neo-soul/folk singer songwriter)
Jacob Collier (British Jazz/Soul vocalist)
Laura Mvula (British Soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham, UK)
Becca Stevens (alt jazz/folk/pop singer and guitarist)
Bernardo Aguiar (Brazilian percussionist)
Salif Keita (Malian musician)
Knower (EDM duo from LA)
Ivan Neville (multi-instrumentalist and son of Aaron Neville of the Neville Bros.)
Terence Blanchard (N.O. jazz trumpeter and bandleader)
Jason Marsalis (N.O. jazz percussionist and brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis)
Nigel Hall (N.O. soul singer and keyboardist)
Included on the physical DVD in this package and on the digital deluxe edition.
1. Fuego y Agua (featuring Susana Baca)
2. Be Still (featuring Becca Stevens & Väsen)
3. Shapons Vindaloo (featuring Väsen)
4. One Hope (featuring Knower)
5. Brother, I'm Hungry (featuring NOLA International)
This 12-piece collective stands out with furious commitment to defying musical categories. The music is no joke. --LA Times
Emotionally heroic compositions... At the heart of Snarky Puppy's music lies an incredibly humanity, a soulful appeal for fans of all ages --Electronic Musician
Recording information: Esplanade Studios, New orleans, Louisiana (02/12/2015-02/14/2015).