Family Dinner – Volume 2 (GroundUp Music)

Snarky Puppy

Released February 16, 2016

The Guardian 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2016




In February of 2015, Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy recorded Family Dinner Volume Two in front of a live studio audience with guest instrumentalists and vocalists from all over the world.  A companion piece to the monumental album, this documentary/concert-film features exclusive candid interviews and acoustic performances from the guest artists.

The project is a true testament for showing first-hand how music can be a bridge between diverse cultures from countries from all over the world to create a unifying musical statement for the average listener or the devout music-connoisseur. 

Track Listing:

1. I Asked (feat. Becca Stevens & Väsen) 6:54

2. Molino Molero (feat. Susana Baca & Charlie Hunter) 5:30

3. Liquid Love (feat. Chris Turner) 6:36

4. Soro (Afriki) [feat. Salif Keita, Carlos Malta & Bernardo Aguiar] 8:17

5. Sing to the Moon (feat. Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis) 5:51

6. Don’t You Know (feat. Jacob Collier & Big Ed Lee) 10:43

7. I Remember (feat. KNOWER & Jeff Coffin) 6:33

8. Somebody Home (feat. David Crosby) 6:29

9. Be Still (feat. Becca Stevens & Väsen) 4:32

10. Fuego Y Agua (feat. Susana Baca) 5:35

11. Shapons Vindaloo (feat. Väsen) 8:03

12. One Hope (feat. KNOWER) 3:30

13. Brother, I’m Hungry (feat. Nigel Hall & NOLA International) 8:35


Michael League: bass guitar, ukulele bass, Moog bass, & vocals

Jay Jennings: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals

Mike Maher: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals

Chris Bullock: tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, vocals

Cory Henry: keyboards, vocals

Bill Laurance: keyboards, vocals

Shaun Martin: keyboards, vocals

Justin Stanton: keyboards, trumpet, vocals

Bob Lanzetti: guitars, vocals

Mark Lettieri: guitars, vocals

Chris McQueen: guitars, vocals

Robert Searight: drums, vocals

Larnell Lewis: drums, percussion, vocals

Nate Werth: percussion, vocals

Marcelo Woloski: percussion, vocals

Rachella Searight: vocals

Candy West: vocals

Peaches West: vocals


Ed Lee: sousafone (6)

Carlos Malta: pife, bass flute, alto flute, flute, & soprano sax (4)

Jeff Coffin: tenor sax, alto flute (7)

Jacob Collier: vocals, piano, harmonizer (6)

Michelle Willis: pump organ & vocals (5)

Charlie Hunter: guitar (2)

David Crosby: vocals, acoustic guitar (8)

Roger Tallroth (Väsen): parlor guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar (1, 9, 11)

Louis Cole (Knower): drums (7, 12)

Olov Johansson (Väsen): nyckelharpa (1, 9, 11)

Bernardo Aguiar: pandeiro, percussion (4)

André Ferrari (Väsen): percussion (1, 9, 11)

Carolina Araoz: vocals

Genevieve Artadi (Knower): vocals (7, 12)

Susana Baca: vocals (2, 10)

Amos Gohi Baraon: vocals

Aminata Dante: vocals

Salif Keita: vocals (4)

Bah Kouyate-Kone: vocals

Laura Mvula: vocals (5)

Becca Stevens: vocals, acoustic guitar, charango (1, 9)

Chris Turner: vocals (3)

Nola International

Sam Williams: trombone

Terence Blanchard: trumpet

Khris Royal: alto saxophone

John Gros: organ

Brian Coogan: piano, vocals

Ivan Neville: clavinet, vocals

Big D Perkins: electric guitar

Donald Ramsey: bass guitar

Jamison Ross: drums

Terence Higgins: drums

Mike Dillon: percussion

Jason Marsalis: percussion

Nigel Hall: vocals (13)

Recorded February 12 – 14, 2015, at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, by Eric Hartman – except vocals on Soro (Afriki) recorded at Studio Moffou in Bamako, Mali, by Abou “Le Genie” Cisse & Michael League

Photography by Amelie Marchier

Producer: Michael League

Mixed by Eric Hartman, Michael League, Nathan Forsbach

Mastering: Scott Hull (2)

Artwork: MinaLima


High-flying jazz-fusion collective Snarky Puppy curated a collaboration with a raft of star vocalists in 2014 under the title Family Dinner. This is the second instalment, with an even glitzier guestlist, caught live in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Young singer-songwriter Becca Stevens opens proceedings with some unexpectedly plaintive folk fiddle music, which builds towards the clamorous I Asked, with its odd-metre bassline and bold harmonies. Peru’s Susana Baca is joined by jazz-funk guitar maverick Charlie Hunter on the heated Molino Montero, ending up with a melee of percussion polyrhythms and interwoven backing vocals, and a similar explosive finale winds up Salif Keita’s Soro (Afriki). Britain’s Laura Mvula and Jacob Collier provide thoughtful soul and jaw-dropping vocal multitasking, with the latter’s Don’t You Know the longest and most exploratory track on the set. Legendary rock survivor David Crosby’s ballad Somebody Home doesn’t make for the most euphoric curtain-closer, and a jazz feel is mostly consigned to loose handling of the arrangements, but there are some inspired performances on this uninhibitedly diverse set.

John Fordham (The Guardian)