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Fam­ily Din­ner – Vol­ume Two ★★★★

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. snarky­

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