Treasury of Music #6: Snarky Puppy

With these Treasury of Music playlists every other Monday I limit myself to 80 minutes per list, so that it could be a Greatest Hits CD in theory. Which songs not to include has always been a tough decision, but it never was as hard as with this week’s band Snarky Puppy.
For me they are the best (live) band active at the time. Their studio albums are mind-blowing, even more so for the fact that most of them are basically live albums, recorded (without overdubs!) with a small audience in a studio. But their live shows are really quite something special. You could easily go to several concerts on the same tour and have a totally unique experience every time around. (I only saw them twice so far, which is going to change at the very next opportunity.) Not only are the setlists constantly changing, also the arrangements of individual songs differ from night to night (oftentimes on the fly), and even the band’s lineup can change during one tour – they have a huge pool of awesome musicians to choose from.
I discovered them (and listened to nothing else for two weeks) on YouTube where they have most of their songs of recent albums available, which adds the delight of seeing them play and have a lot of joy at that. Especially bassist and band leader Michael League (who is my musical hero) is great fun to watch – he lives the music he plays with every bit of his face and body.
Now, for the following playlist I had to exclude a number of songs which I still can totally recommend. They just have so many great ones and I wanted to feature every album. Which is impossible, so I only considered their six albums without any collaborations with other musicians (so not the two Family Dinner volumes or Sylva, their Grammy Award-winning collaboration with the Metropole Orkest – these will get a separate list sometime). Also, a new album is already underway (this time a real studio album), so expect this list to get altered and maybe expanded to Double CD length.

  • Shofukan
  • The Good Man Deliver And The Best Is Blessed
  • Bent Nails
  • Outlier
  • Strawman
  • Slow Demon
  • Briar
  • Precipice
  • Quarter Master
  • Lingus