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Howard's Day Off - April 9 2016


:04—Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994): “Sea Cliffs,” 1957, track 5, 3:25, David Amos, Slovak Radio Symphony of Bratislava [Naxos 559148].

:08—Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Serenade for Small Orchestra, first move., 1950, track 1, 4:11, Donald Barra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra [Koch 7134].

:13—Conrad Pope: “Vermeer’s Theme,” from “Tim’s Vermeer,” track 1, 2:58, [Milan 6675].

:16—Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): “Jeux d’eau,” track 5, 5:27, Martha Argerich, piano [DG 447 430].

:22—Bela Bartok (1881-1945): “Joc cu Bata,” or, “Stick Dance,” track 3, 3:14, Ron Carter, bass, and musicians [Blue Note 54559].

:26—Modest Moussorgsky (1839-1881): “The Gnome,” from “Pictures at an Exhibition,” track 2, 2:44, Mekong Delta [Aaarrg 90408]. Mekong Delta is a German thrash band founded by its sound engineer


:30—John Rutter (1945- ): “Suite Antique,” finale, 1979, track 6, John McMurtery, flute; Christopher Lewis, harpsichord; Kevin Mallon, West Side Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 573146].

:34—Chip Davis: “Mere Image,” 1979, track 4, 6:51, Mannheim Steamroller, from “Fresh Aire III” [American Gramaphone 365]. Chip Davis plays recorder; Jackson Berkey plays harpsichord and synth. Chip Davis, now 68, is a bassoonist by training who began making the Fresh Aire albums after producing the hit song “Convoy” in 1974, cashing in on the CB radio movement of those years.

:43—Jimmy Webb: “MacArthur Park,” 1967, DISC B, track 16, 6:48 Diana Ross & the Supremes [Motown 63472]. Originally written for The Association, but rejected by them, then chosen by Richard Harris for his pop debut. Never released until “Supreme Rarities” in 2008. Jimmy Webb actually worked for Motown Records in his youth.

:45—Brian Wilson: “Good Vibrations,” early session work, 1966, track 24, from re-release of “Smiley Smile” [Capitol 31862]. The most expensive single ever produced, more than $500,000 in today’s dollars. Mike Love wrote the lyrics.

:50—Lennon-McCartney: “Eleanor Rigby,” track 6, 5:03, John Pizzarelli, guitar; Ray Kennedy, piano; Martin Pizzarelli, bass RCA Victor 61432].

:56—Mason Williams: “Baroque-a-Nova,” 1968, track 9, 2:15, from “The Mason Williams Phonograph Record” [Vanguard 137]. Produced by Mike Post, who wrote the themes to “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Law & Order,” “Magnum P.I.,” “The Rockford Files” and “The A-Team.” He was 23 when “Classical Gas” won a Grammy.


:04—Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Introduction to “Divertissement,” 1929, track 1, 1:09, David Zinman, Zurich Town Hall Orchestra [EMI 17639].

:06—David King: “1980 World Champion,” track 10, 5:01, The Bad Plus [Heads Up 3125].

:11—Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Divertimento in G major, finale, track 8, 2:07, David Sinclair, bass, and the Musicians of the Old Post Road, 1994 [Titanic 219].

:13—Gyorgy Ligeti: Etude No. 8, track 3, 3:20, The Bad Plus [Heads Up 3148]. Use as instrumental bed.

:17—John Adams: “Absolute Jest,” finale, track 6, 5:19, Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony [SFS 0063].

:23—Astor Piazolla: “Libertango,” track 6, 4:45, Honoka’a Jazz Band of 2013, Gary Washburn. Elizabeth Sekona, violin.

:23—Parker/Gillespie: “Anthropology,” track 3, 2:58, Anachronic Jazz Band [Gitanes 12579]. Modern jazz played like old New Orleans jazz.

:XX—David Paich: “Rosanna,” track 2, :17/5:15...


:30—Paul Dukas (1865-1935): Fanfare to “La Peri,” 1912, track 1, 2:13, Armin Jordan, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande [Erato 88089].

:33—Spice Girls: “Wannabe,” track 8, 2:59, The London Double Bass Sound [Cala 0110].


:36—Brahms arr. Haase: “A Bit of Brahms,” track 3, 4:04 Gary Haase & the New York Ensemble [GPR 58011]. Theme is from an inner movement of Brahms Third.

:40—The Halibuts: “Suicide Bay,” track 3, 2:22, from “Surf Guitar Greats” [EastDisc 7036].

:43—The Dirty Dozen: “Blackbird Special,” 1984, track 1, 4:45, Dirty Dozen Brass Band [Concord 13005].

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