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Kelly Patterson

May 09, 2016
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Snarky Puppy is an American jazz group with roots in Brooklyn and Texas. They are known for infusing various jazz styles into their funk-laden music that consist of everything from classic big-horns and keyboards to flute and guitar. The 17 member ensemble has mostly been recognized for their live albums and collaborations with mainstream artists like Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller and Justin Timberlake. In 2014, they walked away with their first Grammy for their rendition of the Brenda Russell song “Something” featuring Hathaway from the Family Dinner – Volume 1 project. That was followed up by a 2015 win for Sylva, a collaboration with Holland’s Metropole Orkest. Their new album, Culcha Vulcha, marks their first studio album in 8 years. Fans who have been enamored with their live productions will find just as much to get excited about on their new venture that showcases a myriad of musical styles including jazz, funk, world, soul and pop. Where other groups would falter due to so many members, Snarky Puppy is a virtuosos collective that somehow merges all of their individual influences into a cohesive masterpiece on Culcha Vulcha. You’ll find everything from Asian to Brazilian influences to signature jazz/funk-inspired grooves like the below single “Grown Folks”.