Grammy-Winning Snarky Puppy To Release New Album

Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy to release new album featuring David Crosby, Laura Mvula, Susana Baca, Salif Keita, Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens and more

Family Dinner – Volume Two. Release Date: February 12th 2016.

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Snarky Puppy release their hugely anticipated new album Family Dinner – Volume Two on GroundUP/Universal Music Classics on February 12th. The record follows 2015’s Sylva, an album featuring the Metropole Orkest that debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Jazz and Heatseekers charts, and 2014’s Grammy-winning Family Dinner – Volume One.

Voted ‘Best Jazz Group’ in Downbeat’s 2015 Reader’s Poll, as well as ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist’ in the Jazz Times 2014 Reader’s Poll, Snarky Puppy display a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony and improvisation. With Family Dinner Volume Two,the group put their distinctive stamp on new arrangements of eight tracks and act as the “house band,” accompanying an array of eclectic guest artists from across a variety of genres. The stellar line-up includes the likes of David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Susana Baca, Charlie Hunter, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula and Jacob Collier.

“The Family Dinner concept came out of our desire, as a band, to work with vocalist/composers whom we greatly admire” explains bandleader Michael League. “It began as an after-hours concert series on Friday nights in New York City. After about a year of performances with a myriad of artists, we recorded the first Family Dinner album with eight guests in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Jefferson Center for the Performing Arts.”

Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner – Volume Two (Official Trailer)


“In Volume Two, we changed the setting to New Orleans, Louisiana- in the thick of Mardi Gras- in order to support The Roots of Music foundation, which empowers the youth of the city through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique cultural and musical heritage of jazz’s birthplace. We also changed the format of our collaborations by not only inviting guest vocalists, but guest instrumentalists as well”.

“The idea was to create unlikely but natural pairings between the vocalists and instrumentalists. Appalachian singer Becca Stevens with members of the Swedish trad(ish) band Väsen. Afro-Peruvian torch-bearer Susana Baca with 7-string bassist/guitarist/groove machine (and citizen of the world) Charlie Hunter. British wunderkind Jacob Collier with New Orleans sousaphonist Big Ed Lee of the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Malian legend Salif Keïta, the “golden voice of Africa,” with Brazilians Carlos Malta and Bernardo Aguiar on flute and pandeiro, respectively. LA quirk-electro-pop duo Knower with woodwind virtuoso Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck, Mutet, and Dave Matthews Band fame. Laura Mvula from the UK and Michelle Willis from its little/bigger sister, Canada, on pump organ and vocals. And finally, David Crosby and Chris Turner pulling from the deep instrumentalist pool to fill out and shape their songs”.

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