That’s right, I can’t get this song out of my head, and I can’t stop playing the video. It is not really surprising. There are so many great things about the song and the video. This is a great song composed and sung by Laura Mvula, I love the lyrics, the message and the melody. You can check other versions on YouTube.
More reasons to love this song and video: The arrangement by Snarky Puppy is absolutely amazing. It enlarges the song without choking it, it brings in the various artists and musicians in a beautiful and naturally architected way. This is the genius of Michael League, the man behind Snarky Puppy. My man Cory Henry shines at the organ as usual. The live recording took place at the Esplanade Studios in New Orleans in February 2015 and the record came out a year later. The film is also beautifully done and edited.
Snarky Puppy was created in 2004 in Denton, TX by Michael League who composes many of the tunes. I have always been a fan of fusion jazz, in part because I am a big fan of Chick Corea. But Snarky Puppy’s collective of outstanding musicians brings fusion to another level. I am not sure what the rules of the game are, but the musicians seamlessly merge into one another’s musical space to create a deep, rich, and colorful musical tapestry.
Another good thing: Snarky Puppy came out of the One O’Clock Lab Band – the top tier of jazz students at the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton TX. Jazz education is well and alive in the U.S. and the results are wonderful.