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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: Radio

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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Article: Radio

Bob Reynolds: Running The Changes

Read "Bob Reynolds: Running The Changes" reviewed by Leo Sidran


This year musicians and creative people have had to confront themselves, their work, and their ambitions head on, and Bob Reynolds is no exception. But unlike so many of us, Bob already had some mechanisms in place to process that struggle in a creative way. Bob is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and educator known for ...

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Article: Album Review

Snarky Puppy: Immigrance

Read "Immigrance" reviewed by Josh Deakin


Three years after their last release, Snarky Puppy's thirteenth studio album Immigrance makes a statement as a standard for jazz fusion that all modern artists should take note of. The opening track, “Chonks," sets the tone of the record with a fierce drum fill from Larnell Lewis which is reminiscent of reggae tones, an ...

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Article: Radio

New releases and old favourites in Jazz Rock

Read "New releases  and old favourites in Jazz Rock" reviewed by Len Davis


Richard Hallebeek, Derek Sherinian, Mike Gotthard and more. Playlist Richard Hallebeek “Friday at Last" from Bumerang (richard hallebeek.com) 00:00 Lorenzo Feliciati “Force Quit" from Rumble (Bandcamp) 07:25 Richard Hallebeek “Herbs" from Bumerang (rSelf Produced) 14:43 Snarky Puppy “Jefe" from Culcha Vulture (Ground Up) 21:54 Derek Sherinian “Temple Of Helios" from The Phoenix (Inside Out)29:10 ...

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Article: Radio

Cory Henry: In the moment, of the moment

Read "Cory Henry: In the moment, of the moment" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Keyboard master and singer-songwriter-bandleader Cory Henry on his early development playing music in church, learning to make music on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, how losing his parents at a young age affected his life and career, his experiences playing with saxophonist Kenny Garrett (Cory toured with Garrett at age 18), Snarky Puppy, and The ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal

Read "Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet TRi/O TRi/O is a collaborative groove-based contemporary jazz & funk outing from three New York musicians: Steve Shapiro on vibraphone and mallet keyboards, virtuoso 5-string bassist Dave Anderson, and drummer Tyger MacNeal. Their combined credits comprise a long list of major jazz and pop artists—including Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Whitney Houston, ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet Pat and Mike: The Jazz Bastards

Read "Meet Pat and Mike: The Jazz Bastards" reviewed by AAJ Staff


About Pat and Mike Pat and Mike host the Jazz Bastard podcast. Mike is a English professor who normally makes his home in jny: San Diego; Pat is a lawyer's helper living in Central Indiana. They met as Freshmen in college and having been bugging each other ever since. (Mike—Actually I'm a Humanities lecturer—if ...


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