MP3 SNARKY PUPPY - the only constant
The freedom and spontaneity of jazz, the depth and passion of world music, the energy and infectiousness of pop, and straight-up dirty groove of funky soul music manifested in a 9-piece band from Texas. Seriously.
5 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: World Fusion, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion
What folks are saying...
"...there''s some serious passion in these guys'' playing... this is beautiful music."
-Johnny Vidacovich (drummer for JOHN SCOFIELD, JOE SAMPLE, ASTRAL PROJECT)
"Snarky Puppy is happening... they''re on it."
-Marc Johnson (bassist for BILL EVANS TRIO, ELIANE ELIAS, MICHEL CAMILO, JOHN ABERCROMBIE)
"...great musicality, great fun, great minds."
-Al Petteway and Amy White (Grammy Award-Winning acoustic instrumentalists)
"I love this music."
-John D''Earth (trumpeter for BRUCE HORNSBY, MODEREKO, had of jazz at UVA)
"Fantastic, absolutely great music. It makes me feel very, very good to see that thanks to these musicians/composers, there is still hope for good music in and for future generations."
-Andreas Luscher (Professor of Jazz Studies at Basel Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland)
The delightfully eclectic Snarky Puppy is riding on a wave of recent successes- its first major southeastern/east coast tour, a sharp rise in sales of its debut record, and critical acclaim from the press as well as some of the best musicians in the world. Snarky Puppy is doing something very relevant, and something very honest. They''re making music as a generation immersed in diversity- Bjork, Dave Holland, D''Angelo, Wayne Krantz, Miles Davis, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead resonate within the compositions to form the unified, unique, soulful sound that is unmistakably Snarky Puppy.
The group was formed in 2004 by bassist and composer Michael League, a student of the world-famous jazz studies department at the University of North Texas in Denton. Snarky Puppy was signed by the very progressive S.I.T.M.O.M. Records in fall of 2005, and subsequently recorded and released their first studio record, The Only Constant, in winter of 2006. The CD has been very well received by the music industry''s top musicians and representatives ("...beautifully written, arranged, produced, and played by all..." "tasty percussion and drums, warm bass lines, clean, lovely Rhodes work, excellent horn arranging and clean phrasing abound." -TAXI A&R / "There''s some serious passion in these guys'' playing..." "This is beautiful music," "Heavy writing... watch out for these guys," -legendary New Orleans drummer John Vidacovich / "Incredible... Snarky Puppy is happening," -jazz bassist Marc Johnson) and has created a serious buzz among musicians and non-musicians alike.
Although a young band in age, its individual members have performed with some of the biggest names in jazz and popular music, including Dave Brubeck, Marc Johnson, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Phil Woods, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman, Morcheeba, Headhunters, Dave Fiuczynski (of the Screaming Headless Torsos), Clyde Stubblefield (of James Brown and the JB''s), Dick Oatts, Jimmy Cobb, Marc Johnson, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, John D''earth, Michael Spiro, Jovino Santos Neto, Benny Golson, "Snooky" Young, and countless more.