This is the second in the Family Dinner series which began with 2014’s Grammy Award-winning album, Family Dinner: Volume One. To give you a little background on the “series,” the band sees this album - while it is technically a Snarky Puppy album by the fact that they are the backing band and arrangers of all of the material - as more of a compilation; an album of all original songs written and performed by the guest vocalists, with just a little musical help from Snarky Puppy. Tracklisting: I Asked (Featuring Becca Stevens & Väsen); Molino Molero (Featuring Susana Baca & Charlie Hunter); Liquid Love (Featuring Chris Turner); Soro (Afriki) (Featuring Salif Keita, Carlos Malta, & Bernardo Aguiar); Sing To The Moon (Featuring Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis); Don't You Know (Featuring Jacob Collier & Big Ed Lee); I Remember (Featuring Knower & Jeff Coffin); Somebody Home (Featuring David Crosby); Bonus Tracks (on DVD only): Fuego y Agua (Featuring Susana Baca); Be Still (Featuring Becca Stevens & Väsen); Shapons Vindaloo (Featuring Väsen); One Hope (Featuring Knower); and Brother, I'm Hungry (Featuring NOLA International).
CHARLES BRADLEY & THE MENAHAN STREET BAND – LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF SOUL (DVD)
The first installment of Daptone Records' new video series, Live From The House Of Soul. Directed by Poull Brien and shot in the backyard of Daptone's House of Soul in Bushwick, Brooklyn, it features Charles Bradley at his best with the Menahan Street Band. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience - each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It's only fitting that producer, Brenneck (also a member of the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band), would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit - a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Includes: Love Bug; Where Do We Go From Here?; Victim Of Love; Confusion; The World (Is Going Up In Flames); Crying In The Chapel; Strictly Reserved For You; Bonus Music Videos: Where Do We Go From Here?; Strictly Reserved for You; The World (Is Going Up In Flames); and Heartaches & Pain.
MICHAEL FORMANEK AND ENSEMBLE KOLOSSUS - THE DISTANCE
Bassist Michael Formanek works here with his Ensemble Kolossus – a group that's maybe not as big as their name, but who manage to bring a very full sound to the album overall! The lineup features trumpets from Ralph Alessi and Dave Ballou, cornet from Kirk Knuffke, baritone from Tim Berne, piano from Kris Davis, tenor from Chris Speed and Brian Settles, trombone from Alan Ferber and Ben Gerstein, and alto from Loren Stillman and Oscar Noriega – a large group of like-minded players who often fuse together in this wave of sound that's deep in darker colors and moody tones – all of which allow Formanek a surprisingly strong space up front, thanks to the careful direction of Mark Helias. Titles include "The Distance", and the long "Exoskeleton" suite of tracks. ~ Dusty Groove