Formed in 2004, US band Snarky Puppy has created a serious buzz among musicians and non-musicians alike. Led by bassist and primary composer Michael League, the band draws upon a variety of musical traditions compositionally including jazz, funk, fusion and electronica. GroundUP is a combined CD and DVD set recorded live at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, and captures the dynamic essence of a group which is somewhere between a jam band and a musical collective.
Mixing composition and improvisation over eight adventurous, yet accessible, pieces of music groundUP highlights the exuberance of a unit that sometimes has as many as 25 players in regular rotation from Dallas and New York City. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keyboards (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu), as well as organ prodigy Cory Henry (Kenny Garrett, Kim Burrell) and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip, George Duke).