Music on Thanksgiving Day

I used to watch football games on television, and eat turkey, and mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn and beans and bread. That ain’t happening this year. Today and this weekend you might have time and opportunity to listen to recorded music and watch videos. If so, here are some prompts.

Dawn Upshaw Sings Vernon Duke Dawn Upshaw! Pop music! Show tunes!

A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra, by The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Ed Thigpen) 1959 You’ll benefit as much by listening to Ray Brown’s bass work as everything and anything else.

Miles Davis, Bitches Brew. I liked the 1950’s and 1960’s Miles Davis but didn’t understand this 1970 album so I gave up on it. Now, fifty years later, I get it and am making up for lost time.

Anthony Davis

Herbie Hancock, Headhunters, 1973, 1974

Maria Schneider I saw her and her band perform at the Ojai music festival one glorious morning!

I get a lot of contemporary classical from the radio show “Modern Classics” on KUSC. The host is Alan Chapman. Each show is only two hours and airs at the stupidly inconvenient time of 10 pm. on Saturday night. But it’s a terrific show.

Thea Musgrave       Rainbow

Luciano Berio Sinfonia

Edvard Grieg: From Holberg’s Time – Suite in the Old Style op. 40

Pulitzer Prize 2006: Yehudi Wyner, Chiavi in Mano

Motion by Nico Muhly

Géza Frid  (25 January 1904 – 13 September 1989) was a Hungarian – Dutch composer and pianist.

Terry Riley, The Cusp of Magic

More brilliant composers:

John Harbison

Melinda Wagner

Stephen Stucky

Christopher Theofanidis

Toru Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time

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