To get you in the mood for next week’s broadcast, here are 10 instrumental tracks I considered including but reluctantly had to leave out. Some are classics while others are more eclectic.
Listed in chronological order. Enjoy!
- Take Five, composed by Paul Desmond and played by the Dave Brubeck Quartet on their iconic album, Time Out, 1959. Also check out the 2002 version by Donald Harrison, featuring Christian Scott and Eric Reed, on Real Life Stories.
- The Hipster, composed and played by Harold McNair and other musicians on Harold’s 1968 self-titled album.
- Sentimental Walk / Promenade Sentimentale, composed and played by Vladimir Cosma on the Original Soundtrack for Diva, 1981.
- Last Train Home, composed by Pat Metheny and played by the Pat Metheny Group on Still Life (Talking), 1987.
- Skating, composed by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson, played by David Benoit, Remembering Christmas, 1996.
- Wade in the Water, composed by Ramsey Lewis and played by the Ramsey Lewis Trio on Ramsey Lewis’s Finest Hour, 2000.
- Café by the Sea, composed and played by Kevin Laliberté on the album Siesta, 2006.
- Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, composed and played by Riuichi Sakamoto on Playing the Piano, 2009.
- Magnolia, composed and played by Mirko Signorile from the album of the same name, 2012.
- Kingdom Come by The Soul Jazz Orchestra on Inner Fire, 2014.
- Santiago by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from their album So it Is, 2017.
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