Snarky Puppy Family Dinner - Volume Two album review: It’s a groove thing

Thu, Feb 11, 2016, 19:00


Family Dinner - Volume Two

Snarky Puppy

Ground Up


Texas collective Snarky Puppy are more cult than band. Every member has a day job – generally with some big shot pop star – but they save their best for these large ensemble gatherings when “the family” meets and the trademark Snarky grooves go down.

The Family Dinner idea involves luring unsuspecting collaborators into the Puppy den, recording (and filming) the results live. Since Volume One produced a Grammy-winning performance from Lalah Hathaway, one imagines the Puppy’s founder, bassist Michael Leagues, is finding the guests a little easier to book these days.

On Volume Two, grandees like David Crosby, Salif Keita and Susana Baca rub shoulders with rising stars like folk-jazz vocalist Becca Stevens and the soon-to-be-massive prodigy Jacob Collier. It’s a groove thing.