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is an instrumental quartet with a dynamic sound and a penchant for sonic exploration. The group is composed of world-class improvisers, but it is their unusually memorable, genre-blending songs that leave the most lasting impression. Seven of these songs make up their third album Thrēq (pronounced “threek”), which was released in late 2017. Originally founded by keyboardist Henry Hey (David Bowie, Empire of the Sun, Jeff "Tain" Watts) and bassist Michael League (Grammy-winning leader of Snarky Puppy), Forq is now joined by guitarist Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy, Bokanté), drummer Jason "JT" Thomas (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy) and bassist Kevin Scott (Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Col

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chris McQueen: Snarky Guitars, Part 3

Read "Chris McQueen: Snarky Guitars, Part 3" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For our final installment in the Snarky Guitars series, All About Jazz spoke with Chris McQueen. McQueen's inclinations as a player often push him into more textural, integral and rhythmic roles that sometimes leave him the least conspicuous of the “SP Three," but he has done ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Acclaimed by the New York Times as one of the “Top 10 Definitive Moments of the Decade in Jazz Music,” the GroundUP Music Festival returns to the oceanside North Beach Bandshell in sunny Miami Beach, Florida, February 14-16, 2020. Hosted by three-time Grammy award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, GroundUP has announced the schedule for their intimate cocktails ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Henry Hey: Learning From The Stranger Things

Read "Henry Hey: Learning From The Stranger Things" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Keyboardist Henry Hey's resume is an interesting read. In addition to a wide range of gigs and stints with some top name players in and around jazz, there's work in theater, TV and soundtracks. There's producing records as well as working in sessions with legendary producers. There's being a musical director for some of the biggest ...

Four

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Mr. Bort; Grifter; M-Theory; Duck People; Lullabye; Tiny Soul; Rally; EAV; Lullabye Reprise; Times Like These; Whelmed.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

FORQ: Four

Read "Four" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Forq has come a long way. Since Keyboardist Henry Hey and (Snarky Puppy) bassist Michael League started the quartet with drummer Jason JT Thomas and guitarist Adam Rogers, Forq has gone through some crucial personnel changes. Rogers left after the first album and was replaced by Snarky Puppy guitarist Chris McQueen. Recording two more ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

Read "Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Bassist, composer, bandleader, sideman, producer, record label owner, festival head... These are some of the many hats Michael League has acquired since embarking on his musical odyssey at the University of North Texas with a “little" band named Snarky Puppy in 2003. With its Jazz-but-not-Jazz / Music for Brain and Booty ethos, multiple poll ...

Thrēq

Label: GroundUP
Released: 2017

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

FORQ at The World Cafe Live

Read "FORQ at The World Cafe Live" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

FORQ The World Café Live Philadelphia PA July 31 2017 One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of ...

Batch

Label: GroundUP
Released: 2015


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