Sunday, April 24, 2016

Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha (2016)

Source & Label: GroundUp Music

Fresh off of the heels of its tenth album, Family Dinner - Volume Two, the band is returning to its roots as an instrumental ensemble with a brand new collection of nine original songs. A departure from its signature live-from-the-studio film and audio style, the band spent a week in the middle of a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas, just a five minute walk from the Mexican border. With no cameras, no audience, and the opportunity to overdub, they have crafted an album much darker and moodier than any before it. The typical flash and bombastic moments that Snarky Puppy is known for have been replaced by a more patient, restrained, and sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy.  

1. Tarova
2. Semente
3. Gemini
4. Grown folks
5. Beep box
6. Gø
7. The simple life
8. Palermo
9. Big ugly

Michael League: Bass, Composer, Bandleader
Bill Laurance: Keyboards
Justin Stanton: Trumpet, Keyboards
Shaun Martin: Keyboards
Bob Lanzetti: Guitar
Mark Lettieri: Guitar
Chris McQueen: Guitar
Mike Maher: Trumpet
Jay Jennings: Trumpet
Chris Bullock: Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Bob Reynolds: Saxophone
Nate Werth: Percussion
Robert "Sput" Searight: Drums
Cory Henry: Keyboards