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Artist Spotlight: Snarky Puppy embodies modern jazz fusion

Artist Spotlight: Snarky Puppy embodies modern jazz fusion

It’s almost never played on the radio. It sure as hell doesn’t have the same kind of celebrity star power as Bruno Mars or Justin Timberlake and it’s not nearly as lyrically dependent, but it’s so good. Jazz fusion is a sibling of the 1920s jazz movement, born out of the late 60s when musicians combined aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation with the styles of funk, rock, rhythm and blues and Latin jazz. As a hybrid genre, the styles can vary greatly across artists, but Snarky Puppy does a pretty good job of covering them all.

Artist Spotlight: Everyone the Grammys snubbed

Artist Spotlight: Everyone the Grammys snubbed

Every year when the Grammy nominees get released, I honestly don’t pay much attention. I’m used to music with the widest mainstream appeal winning. Every year there’s an uproar because Adele won and Beyonce didn’t; Taylor Swift won and Kendrick didn’t; Fun. won and Frank Ocean didn’t. The list goes back decades.