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Snarky Puppy – Empire Central

Snarky Puppy pay homage to their hometown on their new album Empire Central and have a first single out entitled Bet,

A massive crew for this song!

Written by Michael League

Arranged by Michael League and Snarky Puppy

Bob Lanzetti – Electric guitar

Mark Lettieri – Electric guitar

Chris McQueen – Electric guitar

Justin Stanton – Fender Rhodes Mark 8

Bobby Sparks – Hohner D6 Clavinet and ARP String Ensemble

Bill Laurance – Yamaha CP70 electric piano

Shaun Martin – Moog Little Phatty and Talkbox (Solo)

Zach Brock – Violin

Mike “Maz” Maher – Trumpet

Jay Jennings – Trumpet and flugelhorn

Chris Bullock – Tenor sax, flute, and piccolo flute

Bob Reynolds – Tenor sax (Solo)

Michael League – Electric bass

Nate Werth – Percussion

Keita Ogawa – Percussion

Marcelo Woloski – Percussion

Jason “JT” Thomas – Drum set

Larnell Lewis – Drum set

Jamison Ross – Drum set

Jep Jorba – Director / camera operator

David Bretones – Director of Photography / camera operator

Brad Holt – Line producer / camera operator

Andrew Redd – Gaffer / camera operator

Chris Brian – Camera operator

Ranjani Groth – Camera operator

Jun Kang – Camera operator

Emily Holt – Camera operator

Reid Walker – Dolly operator

Josep Fisher – Dolly Operator

Produced by Michael League

Co-produced by Snarky Puppy

Engineered by Nic Hard, Matt Recchia, and Michael Harrison

Engineering assisted by Skyler Childress, Michael League, and Shakthi Prasad KT

Mixed by Nic Hard

Mastered by Dave McNair

Recorded and filmed March 3-10, 2022, at Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas, Texas, USA

Mixed March 15 – April 7, 2022, at Estudi Vint in Els Prats de Rei, Catalonia, Spain

Photography by Brian Friedman and Jep Jorba

Film consulting by Andy LaViolette

Production managed by Rosanna Freedman

Project managed by Jamie Margulies

Stage assembled by Mason Davis, Matt Recchia, Rosanna Freedman, and Michael Harrison

Graphic design by Claire Morales

Managed by Mike Chadwick Management

Four-time Grammy-winning fusion collective Snarky Puppy have shared a live-in-the-studio video for their latest single, Bet. It’s taken from their new album, Empire Central, which is out on September 30 via GroundUP Music.

The 16-song follow-up to 2019’s Immigrance was recorded in front of a live audience over eight nights at the Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas. Bassist and band leader Michael League formed the first line-up of group in the city in 2004, while studying jazz at the University of North Texas.

According to the band, Empire Central «expands upon our wide array of influences, including blues, hard rock, classic soul, modern gospel, funk, new tech, fusion and jazz. League adds that the songs ended up being a lot more direct and funkier than those on our previous records. I think it reflects the many moods of the [Dallas] scene».

The album posthumously features pioneering American keyboardist/vocalist Bernard Wright (whom the band describe as their «musical godfather»). Tragically, Wright died in a Dallas traffic accident in May, shortly after the recording sessions had finished. He was 58.

On August 2, the band will launch a podcast with Osiris Media following the making of the album, and they’ll support the album release with a European tour in October and November. Further US tour dates are scheduled for spring 2023.

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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