11/24/10 By Scott Fugate
Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz
Episode #32 - "Thanksgiving Moods & Reflections"
Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 32 – “Thanksgiving Moods & Reflections”
Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist”
I know this is an American Holiday – but whether you celebrate it or not . . . it’s a wonderful time for reflection & gratitude anywhere you happen to be around the world – and the music in this show should help in the process.
Here it is – free, legal, and in CD quality at 320 kbps: http://bit.ly/i0C1tW
Rather than focus on the history, meaning or menu associated with Thanksgiving - I’ve chosen to focus on its mood & memories – the smells & sounds in the crisp autumnal air, the atmosphere of falling leaves, the anticipation & emotion of traveling to see friends & family, the warmth of spending time with loved ones, the elements of joy & sorrow, excitement & expectations, remembrance & longing, rejoicing & reflection, grace & gratitude that accompany this day and carry on through the next month.
This 12 track selection will hopefully evoke positive moods which will help you to breath, reflect, relax & rejoice and prepare yourself for the coming Holiday season . . . providing you with something to listen to when you’re alone, or to share with others during your Thanksgiving festivities, feast, and fellowship.
So, to that end I serve you a blend of atmospheric mood music which fuses jazz with classical, folk, bluegrass, Celtic, ragtime & Americana with acoustic, orchestral and electronic ambience . . . featuring holiday classics like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” by Vince Guaraldi, ambient masterpieces from Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays & Claus Ogerman, as well as the so-called “new age” or experimental folk jazz stylings of George Winston, Will Ackerman, Philip Aaberg, Ralph Towner, and Mark O’Connor . . . not to mention something brand new from Kevin Eubanks, and some funky lagniappe from Dave Grusin featuring Phoebe Snow, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller.
To help you celebrate this Thanksgiving . . . stop as you listen to this show, and take time to reflect on the good things in your life; seek awareness of all that you have to be thankful for, and awaken your sense of gratitude & appreciation for everything you’ve experienced and all that good things that surrounds you. Don’t focus on the bad things, and don’t take anything for granted. You don’t need a turkey to celebrate this Holiday – but it helps. ☺
I’d also love to hear from you with any comments or suggestions, or just to chat – send an email to Scott@Soulandjazz.com. Happy Thanksgiving!
PLAYLIST: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 32: Thanksgiving Moods & Reflections
Artist – Track – Album – Year – (Label)
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Theme - The Definitive Vince Guaraldi - 1973 - (Fantasy)
George Winston - Thanksgiving - December – 1981 – (Windham Hill)
Claus Ogerman Orchestra (feat. George Benson) - Time Passed Autumn (Parts 1 & 2) - Gate of Dreams -1977 - (Warner Brothers)
Philip Aaberg & Darol Anger - In A Mist - Windham Hill America - 2001 - (Windham Hill)
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - It’s For You - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls - 1981 - (ECM)
Pat Metheny - Cathedral in a Suitcase - Secret Story - 1992 - (Geffen)
William Ackerman - Ventana - Past Light - 1983 - (Windham Hill)
Kevin Eubanks - Offering - Zen Food - 2010 - (Mack Avenue)
Ralph Towner - Shadow Fountain - Blue Sun - 1982 - (ECM)
Ralph Towner - Blue Sun - Blue Sun - 1982 - (ECM)
Mark O’Connor - Flight Home - 30-Year Retrospective Live - 2003 - (Omac)
Dave Grusin (feat. Phoebe Snow) - Thankful N’ Thoughtful - GRP Digital Sampler: On the Cutting Edge – 1989 – (GRP)
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