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What are you having for Thanksgiving dinner this year?

posted Nov 6, 2010, 2:31 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Nov 6, 2010, 3:36 PM ]

Not to eat, what music are you having for dinner?

 

If the TV is blaring, give thanks for modern technology and press pause (that way you won’t miss one minute of the game!)  And if your family is like mine, everyone’s talking at once, so instrumental music compliments your home-cooked meal nicely.  Plan your playlist in advance, and if programming Pandora or iTunes isn’t your thing, turn it over to a family member that’s asking “What can I bring?”

 

Keep it upbeat; to combat the drowsiness we know is coming.  Bradley Sowash reinterprets standard hymns for solo jazz piano on his CD We Gather Together.  Saxophonist Tyson Haynes does the same thing on The Real Book, especially on Shall We Gather at the River.  R&B combines with funk guitar in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot on The Gospel According to Rick Ruskin & Vivian Williams.  Phillip Keveren blends bluegrass into Simple Gifts.  Harmonica virtuoso Buddy Greene plays There Is A Balm In Gilead.  And to show you’re patriotic, mix in America, the Beautiful by the Miami Saxophone Quartet!

 

For more Americana, Turkey in the Straw becomes a jazz violin classic with the Matt Glaser Quintet, who also recorded Green Bean.  The N’Awlins Gumbo Kings recall My Old Kentucky Home. 

 

For seasonal selections, Grapelli and Menuhin improvise through Autumn in New York.  Kenny Werner & Toots Thielemans jump into a jazzy pile of Autumn Leaves.  And Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons gets reinterpreted by clarinetist Eddie Daniels. 

 

Of course, George Winston plays A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  And if you like the sound of Windham Hill, they have two CD’s: Thanksgiving and America.

 

And now that your music is taken care of, I’ve got a lead on where you can get some great pies…

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