Sylva [CD/DVD]

Sylva [CD/DVD]

by Snarky PuppySnarky Puppy

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Brooklyn's Snarky Puppy jazz-funk collective have become one of modern music's bright lights. Sylva, their debut for Impulse, is their fifth live album and eighth overall. It is unlike anything else in their catalog thus far, yet it embodies all the things they do so well: R&B, fusion, NOLA second line, soul-jazz, and more. It is a concert collaboration with Utrecht's Metropole Orkest; a single work comprised of two suites. The first four tracks make up the first, while the last two comprise the second. Sylva realizes composer/bassist Michael League's dream for Snarky Puppy: to work on a cinematic, orchestral scale without resorting to a watered-down "with strings" exercise. Their trademark edges -- in arrangement, improvisation, and groove quotient -- all remain intact. Fans may experience initial hesitation during the opening strains of the set's overture "Sintra." It contains repetitive, moody strings and winds before the band's horns enter on a Latin tinge and rhythms follow suit. The Metropole's horns join and it all starts to swirl, ending on the fat crescendo that introduces the slinky jazz-funk of "Flight." It features more familiar traits, with spidery synth and Rhodes, vamping guitars, and layers of staggered percussion and B-3 as its engine. "Atchafalaya" sounds exactly like its title: swampy, sweaty NOLA horn funk with stinging electric guitars and popping stacks of percussion as its hallmarks. "The Curtain" is over 15 minutes long. It employs intimate post-bop, symphonic rock, big-band funk, dancefloor stomp, cosmic fusion, and classical elegance. Sylva's closer is the nearly 20-minute "The Clearing." Debussy-ian impressionism may introduce it, but lithe, shimmering R&B, swinging, fat-horned progressive big band (think Clarke-Boland), greasy, blackbone-slipping alley funk, trancey Miles-esque fusion, and Wardell Quezergue-styled NOLA horn grooves wind out of it. This sprawler ratchets down before rebuilding toward a swaggering climax with brass, guitars, bass, drums, and B-3 all on stun. Sylva may not be the dance party face of Snarky Puppy, but there is one within it. League writes not only tor the strengths in his band, but also those of the Metropole Orkest -- they are not only able to "hang" with Snarky Puppy, they push them -- hard. Many acts have attempted collaborative exercises like this, but few -- if any -- have pulled them off. Musical sophistication meets the gritty danger of live performance; execution matches ambition with crackling energy and soulful expression.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2015
Label: Impulse Records
UPC: 0602547222558
catalogNumber: 002311900


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snarky Puppy   Primary Artist
Max Boeree   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone
Leo Janssen   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone
Dennis Koenders   Violin
Wim Kok   Violin
Marijn Rombout   Violin
Arlia de Ruiter   Violin,Concert Master
Mieke Honingh   Viola
Nola Exel   Flute
Julia Jowett   Viola
Arend Liefkes   Double Bass
Leo Van Oostrom   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone
Janine Abbas   Flute
Jan Oosting   Trombone
David Peijnenborgh   Violin
Mariël Van Den Bos   Flute
Herman Van Haaren   Violin
Eric Winkelmann   Double Bass
Jan Bastiani   Trombone
Murk Jiskoot   Percussion
Emile Visser   Cello
Martin van den Berg   Bass Trombone
Norman Jansen   Viola
Ruben Margarita   Violin
Iris Schut   Viola
Annie Tangberg   Cello
Jascha Albracht   Cello
Tjerk DeVos   Double Bass
Werner Janssen   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone
Vera Laporeva   Violin
Paul van der Feen   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone
Tinka Regter   Violin
Maarten Jansen   Cello
Polina Cekov   Violin
Isabella Petersen   Viola
Chris Bullock   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jay Jennings   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Jules Buckley   Conductor
Robert "Sput" Searight   Drums
Seija Teeuwen   Violin
Cory Henry   Organ,Keyboards,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Soloist
Chris McQueen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Justin Stanton   Piano,Trumpet,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Soloist
Mike Maher   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Mark Lettieri   Electric Guitar
Pauline Terlouw   Violin
Bob Lanzetti   Electric Guitar
Bill Laurance   Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Soloist
Nate Werth   Percussion
Michael League   Bass,Electric Bass,Soloist,Key Bass
Casper Donker   Violin
Pieter Hunfeld   Horn
Vincent Veneman   Trombone,Soloist
Pauline Koning   Violin
Feyona van Iersel   Violin
Merel Jonker   Violin
Fons Verspaandonk   Horn
Elizabeth Hunfeld   Horn
Rob Van De Laar   Horn
Ries Schellekens   Tuba
Mark Lettier   Guitar,Soloist
Lex Luijnenburg   Viola
Frank Warndenier   Percussion
Ewa Zbyszynska   Violin
Christina Knoll   Violin
Charles Watt   Cello

Technical Credits

Henk Heijink   Producer
Eric Hartman   Engineer
Snarky Puppy   Arranger
Dirk Overeem   Engineer
Jules Buckley   Arranger
Cory Henry   Arranger
Chris McQueen   Arranger
Ben Cottrell   Arranger
Michael League   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Andy Laviolette   Director
Grady Sandlin   Engineer
Walter Juijn   Camera Operator
Michel Langenberg   Camera Operator
Emily Schwarting   Camera Operator
Christi Laviolette   Camera Operator

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