A Few Words About “Immigrance”

Snarky Puppy, Immigrance (GroundUp, 2019)

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Chonks
  2. Bigly Strictness
  3. Coven
  4. Bling Bling
  5. Xavi
  6. While We’re Young
  7. Bad Kids to the Back
  8. Even Us

https://youtu.be/fEHpq-BxFm4

The Snarky Puppy formula is tried and true: 1.) Create a rhythmic pocket; 2) Settle into it; 3) Play your ass off. The north Texas band has made that formula work from the get-go. It ain’t broke, so there is absolutely no need to fix it.

Led by bassist Michael League, Snarky Puppy (which boasts enough members to qualify as an orchestra, as opposed to a band) takes the best elements of jazz, rock, R&B, and jam to create an open-ended, highly accessible sound. That is not to say the music is simple or simplistic. The band members know how to play.

Whether it’s old school ’70s era funk (“Chonk”), trippy 6/8 exercises (“Xavi”), or mellow mood music (“Coven”), the band strikes the right chord (pun intended) on just about everything it plays. Each composition is a mini-adventure in and of itself.

Snarky Puppy manages to achieve the rare feat of creating easy to digest grooves and melodies that do not patronize the listener. They also do a great job of capturing their live energy in the studio, which is not the easiest thing to do.

Immigrance is the next step in the evolution of a maturing young band that only gets better with age.

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