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A Glorious Fusion: The Music of Snarky Puppy and the R&B Grammy Nominees

The bandmember of Snarky Puppy

Like most music fans, including the SCCLD Music and Movie Team's Gina, I LOVE being blown away by a new sound or an incredible band.  For me, Snarky Puppy is THAT band.  They have an astounding range of beautiful sounds to offer.

Snarky Puppy was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance for their track, "Something" featuring Lalah Hathaway from their album Family Dinner Volume 1.  It's a great track--sultry and very R&B infused with Hathaway's voice providing four octaves of incredible sound.  

Then after that soulful beauty I ran into this bossa nova infused gem.

Amazing and so fun!  The range between these tracks is what staggers me about this group.

I haven't seen a band with this kind of successful Jazz, R&B, Funk, ??? fusion since The Roots.  Check out Family Dinner Volume 1 for a glorious musical journey and then check out the rest of their work at SCCLD.

While we're on the subject of Grammy nominated R&B, let's take a look at the terrific and unexpected nominees for Best R&B Album as well as the nominees for Urban Contemporary Album.

Better

Better by Chrisette Michele

R&B Album Nominee

Love and War

Love and War by Tamar Braxton

Urban Contemporary Album Nominee

Girl on Fire

Girl on Fire By Alicia Keys

R&B Album Nominee

New York

New York: A Love Story by Mack Wilds

Urban Contemporary Album Nominee

Love in the Future

Love in the Future By John Legend

R&B Album Nominee

CD Album Art for One in the Chamber

One in the Chamber by Salaam Remi

CD Not available

 Available as a download through Freegal

Urban Contemporary Nominee

CD Album Art for R&B DivasR&B Divas

R&B Divas by Faith Evans

R&B Album Nominee

Side Effects of You

Side Effects of You by Fantasia

Urban Contemporary Nominee

Three Kings

Three Kings by TGT

R&B Album Nominee

Unapologetic

Unapologetic by Rihanna

Urban Contemporary Nominee

Discover more great music and movies by checking out the SCCLD Music and Movies blog.

~Don

Image from Jazz@theAlbert

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