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Snarky Puppy

The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.” Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation

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Article: In Pictures

Udine Jazz 2022

Read "Udine Jazz 2022" reviewed by Luca A. d'Agostino


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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

New and adventurous music from Derek Sherinian, Snarky Puppy, Carlos Fischer and Zack Brock

Read "New and adventurous music from Derek Sherinian, Snarky Puppy, Carlos Fischer and Zack Brock" reviewed by Len Davis


New music from Derek Sherinian, Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock, Danish hammond player Kresten Osgood, Melbourne's own Phil Turcio, from Bolivia Carlos Fischer, and Japanese drummer Senri Kawaguchi. Playlist Derek Sherinian “Scorpion" from Vortex (Inside Out) 00:00 {Snarky Puppy “Trinity" from empire Central (GroundUp) 07:06 Zach Brock “The Last Song" from Dirty Mindz (GroundUp) 14:14 ...

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News: Festival

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

At jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest, everything new is old again. That might sound retrogressive in a culture that valorizes novelty, but the announcement that the 43rd edition of the festival will return to the historic theaters of Playhouse Square is instead a comforting, Biden-era byword after the disruptions of the past two years. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Year - Mostly New Music

Read "New Year - Mostly New Music" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Time to look at some of the best and brightest from 2021--and the recent past. But, lo! Is that a controversy brewing off in the distance? Sounds like the bastards once again are skeptical of generally received wisdom, whether about funky puppies or critics' darlings. Playlist Discussion of Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders' albums ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group and Randal Despommier

Read "New releases from Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group and Randal Despommier" reviewed by Len Davis


Lots of new music this week including Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group, Dave Weckl, Band, Jeremy Green and Randal Despommier.Playlist Mark Lettieri “Red Dwarf" from Deep; The Baritone Sessions (Ground Up Music) 00:00 Snarky Puppy “Bling Bling" from Immigrance (Ground Up Music) 06:35 Dimas Predipta “9 Range Road" from Extension (BeatLuz Music) 13:06 Dewa ...

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Article: BackTracks

Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

Read "Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Live albums. Love them, hate them, they are definitely a different animal from the studio album. It may be argued--especially with all of the tools available currently--that the “studio" recording is the means by which music can be crafted and honed into the most accurate representation of the artist's vision. And yes, live albums can be ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...


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