Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Snarky Puppy is a band of reference. It’s a band that other groups point to for a certain approach to modern, funky music. Some try and put the dreaded “Fusion” tag on the group, but that term blew itself out in the ’70s and ’80s, when Fusion became a genre of clichés.
Snarky Puppy is a band that is willing to go in any direction they see fit, at any moment. Yes, the Jazz influences are there, as this rotating collective of musicians throws down their grooves (the total number of musicians in and out of Snarky Puppy is around 40 at this point).
But funkiness is also always front and center, as is percussion and horns-a-plenty.
Snarky Puppy takes over Madison Theater Thursday with Charlie Hunter. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com .