Nov 26, 2020
I posted this in 2019, but its even more relevant in this pandemic world of 2020:
For past Thanksgivings, I've just posted two songs that set the mood for me - George Benson's "Giblet Gravy" on the night before, to help out those cooking a festive meal, and Diana Krall's version of "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)". The latter, an Irving Berlin masterpiece, is often played for Christmas, but to me it sums up all that the day should be about - sharing with others as we realize the many gifts we are given each day and year.
This year, I put those two tunes in an hour plus of music you can dig all through the Thanksgiving holiday. To break it down for you:
Setting the mood for the day:
Vince Guaraldi - "Thanksgiving Theme"
Nicholas Payton - "Home for the Holidays"
Sonny Rollins - "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
The symbols of the day:
Manhattan Brass - "Stuffy Turkey"
Wynton Kelly - "Autumn Leaves"
The main attraction:
Charlie Parker - "Carvin' the Bird"
George Benson - "Giblet Gravy"
Bernard Purdie with Thara Memory - "Grits & Gravy"
Lee Morgan - "Cornbread"
Steve Turre - "Ray's Collard Greens"
Organissimo - "Pumpkin Pie"
And to remember why we are all here:
Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano - "With Gratitude"
Diana Krall - "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)"
A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!