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Snarky Puppy - Family Dinner Volume Two / Audiophile Audition review

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It's not always easy to communicate the passion and collaborative threads that define music. There have been several notable concert movies that combine live performances with anecdotal interviews (Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltzstands the test of time). But jazz fusion big band Snarky Puppy has taken the genre to another level. The Grammy-winning instrumental band (based in Brooklyn, NY) has a fluid core of musicians (at times, nearly 40 and referred to as "The Fam"), and are renowned for their deep respect for musicians and musical diversity. In 2014, Snark Puppy   released Family Dinner Vol. One. It featured a variety of singer composers. The chemistry was apparent and it garnered critical praise.

Now, Family Dinner Vol. Two follows up on this concept with a second album (CD + DVD). Recorded live in New Orleans (during Mardis Gras), the unique blend of hybrid musical roots and diverse instrumentation is festive and resonant. Becca Stevens gets the party started with a syncopated meter on "I Asked". The folk undercurrent is expanded in layered instrumentation that incorporates jazz and fusion. There are lush vocals that add to the song's ambiance. Each artist and interaction with the ensemble is intriguing. Afro-Peruvian singer vocalist Susana Baca teams with 7-string funk guitarist Charlie Hunter for a multi-rhythmic treatment of "Molino Molero". The infectious percussive framework and a capella finish glows with palpable elegance and texture.   READ THE FULL Audiophile Audition REVIEW