Snarky Puppy, Brooklyn’s finest exporters of full-nerd jazz-fusion jams, are never short of a side project, where members of the collective explore and show off their particular strengths. The Funk Apostles are a new addition to the fold, focused around keyboardist Cory Henry, landing somewhere between the virtuosity of Herbie Hancock and the blown-out futurism of Flying Lotus, if he toured with a full 6-piece band. The Apostles give the music their all, unabashedly wading neck-deep into technical geek-outs – but it’s a far cry from the po-faced seriousness of prog rock. At its heart this is party music, dead set on loosening minds and hips alike, as inspired by Dilla as much as Coltrane. Henry’s charisma and love for the music is infectious, so if you’re willing to go along for the ride, it’ll be a wild one.
Tue 1 Nov, The Glee Club,The Arcadian, off Hurst Street,Birmingham, B5 4TD. 7pm, £15, www.glee.co.uk
Published on: Sat 1 Oct 2016