About two years ago in September, the jazz-fusion group Snarky Puppy swept up a Grammy when they delivered an incredible rendition of Lalah Hathaway’s “Something”, on their album Family Dinner Volume 1. And now the sequel is here. They have quite the allstar lineup, yet again. Featuring Knower, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, Susana Baca, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Chris Turner, and Becca Stevens. Here is a bit about each of them to get you up to speed.
KNOWER is a dynamic duo from Los Angeles, who rose to fame creating electronica-funk covers of pop tunes. Through widespread acclaim on Youtube and some successful album releases, I personally cannot wait to see how the Pups incorporate this artist on the album.
David Crosby is an American guitarist and songwriter, who is very well known for being the founding member of The Byrds; Crosby, Still, and Nash; and CPR. He’s also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Chris Turner is a gospel and R&B vocalist from Oakland, California. He blends elements of jazz, funk, hip hop, and graduated from the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
I wrote a previous blog on Jacob Collier, whom I am extremely excited to see on the Snarky Puppy album. A 20 year old musical prodigy from the UK, Jacob Collier plays just about every instrument and has a vocal range that spans many, many octaves.
Salif Keita is royalty. He is actually a direct descendent of the founder of the Mali Empire, and is often referred to as “The Golden Voice of Africa”. Salif Keita is an albino vocalist from Mali that usually performs traditional African music.
Susana Baca is a very prominant Peruvian singer-songwriter, whose style can be described as “Afro-Peruvian”. She has won two Latin Music Grammy awards, and is noted as a figurehead for the revival of Peruvian music.
Becca Stevens is an American jazz, pop, and folk singer, as well as a guitarist. She is college bred in that she went to school for classical guitar, and then later for jazz vocals.
Laura Mvula is a British soul and singer-songwriter from Birmingham. She has millions of views on Youtube, and has gotten a lot of radio publicity from her songs “She” and “Green Garden”. Recently, when I was in London, I couldn’t walk into any public establishment without hearing Mvula playing through the speakers. However, her music is extremely catchy, and her vocal prowess is very evident. Another gem to have on the album.
Snarky Puppy all made sure we were well fed in the first Family Dinner album, and I am very excited to go back for seconds.