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Snarky Puppy: Immigrance (GroundUp)

A review of the band's 12th album

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Immigrance by Snarky Puppy
The cover of Immigrance by Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy’s modus operandi, while drawing from its players’ roots in jazz harmony and improvisation, has always been about musical sprawl, from the oversized personnel to the vibrant colors and textures heard and felt in the group’s sound. Yes, it’s a type of fusion, but, it’s also an ever-shifting synthesis, with bassist-composer Michael League leading the group in connecting the dots between varied genres.

Immigrance, its title referencing ongoing political controversies, also points to the band’s global approach to music-making, informed by its extensive travels; the fluidity of Snarky Puppy compositions reflects the fluidity of immigration across the globe. And League and Co. literalize that idea with a gambit—drummers Jamison Ross, Jason “JT” Thomas, and Larnell Lewis are all heard on every composition, seamlessly switching off between sections.

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