A Few Words About “Immigrance”

Snarky Puppy, Immigrance (GroundUp, 2019)


  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


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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