Often been described by media as “Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy” Snaggle is a 6 piece Toronto-based jazz-funk ensemble which has a unique sound that can be likened to a cross between ‘Miles Davis’ and ‘Rage Against the Machine’. This newest addition to the Browntasauras Records artist roster takes influences from a wide variety of musical sources including funk, rock, metal, and classical and contextualizes them within the improvisational and spontaneous elements of the jazz tradition. As a result the band has developed an exploratory and melodically driven sound that incorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop and rock.
The driving force behind Snaggle has always been one of genre-blurring, cross-pollinated musical experimentation and exploration. On a small scale they incorporate elements from a variety of different genres (rock, funk, metal, classical) and contextualize them within the jazz background and training that the group shares. On a large scale their goal is to create music that evolves and progresses in a very developed and intentional manner (much like a Beethoven symphony) while maintaining the excitement and spontaneity of improvised music as well as the infectious and visceral qualities of funk, pop and rock.
In 2013 the band independently released it’s debut, self titled album featuring compositions by band leader Nick Maclean and bassist Doug Moore. In 2015 the band released an EP project entitled ‘Unexpected Guests’ which was produced in collaboration with three Toronto vocalists: Denielle Bassels, Will Bowes and Mara Nesrallah. After joining the Browntasaurus Records artist roster in June 2015 Snaggle has been hard at work on their second full-length studio album ‘The Long Slog’ in collaboration with acclaimed trumpet player Brownman Ali. This album is set for release October 2nd, 2016.
As well as being a riveting live band, Snaggle is deeply committed to their educational outreaches to the community. This has taken the form of jazz improvisation workshops that Snaggle has been bringing to high school music programs across Southern Ontario for the past 4 years.
“Snaggle plays music without borders, music that is at once sophisticated and inclusive, bristling with infectious funk grooves, rock riffs, and jazz-based improvisations woven into a tapestry of an ambitious yet accessible compositional palette. Seemingly irreconcilable influences vie for attention, from heavy, Zeppelinesque rock riffery to gentle jazz-funk, with hints of Radiohead and the Brian Blade Fellowship Band sprinkled in for good measure, all stitched together in a seamless, somehow inevitable way.”
- David Restivo, jazz piano giant
“Snaggle’s sophomore recording The Long Slog features funky, thoughtful, and inventive compositions played by an impressive group of young musicians. Snaggle is definitely more than the sum of its parts!”
- Mike Murley, Juno award winning tenor saxophone icon