Snarky Puppy, a Jazz – Funk – Rock – Fusion ensemble based in Brooklyn, had a recent Grammy success for their 2013 album “Family Dinner”. Each song was recorded with a guest singer, and vocals were the core element of the album.
The new 2014 album “We like it here” however does not follow quite the same formula. In fact it is a live recording, done without any overdubs, recorded in a studio in Utrecht – Netherlands, only instrumental and without any vocals. It is an impressive testimony of the bands ability to change and transform, yet still a clear evolution from previous studio works such as the 2010 album “Tell your friends”. Eclectic bass lines, played on the guitar or on the Moog, build a core element of the tunes. Great trumpet solos and funky guitars is also part of the formula. The entry track “Shofukan” gives a good resume of what Snarky Puppy is all about. Mystical melodies, moving solos, excellent drum play and moments that makes your hair on the arms stand up. One of the best albums of Snarky Puppy, now to be heard on contemporaryjazzclub.com