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What Are Your Favorite Instrumental Tunes?

The subject of instrumentals came up in another thread, so I thought it might be fun to see what instrumental tunes everyone enjoys. Instrumentals cover a wide range of genres when you start to think about it; classical (of course), movie soundtracks, pop, jazz, big band oldies, blues, country, rock, and many instrumental versions of your favorite song titles, too.

 

So what instrumental music do you like? What are your favorite tunes or instrumental versions of your favorite songs? Multiple tunes and multiple genres are okay. And, if you have favorite on youtube, feel free to post the link so that we can listen, too!

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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Sooooooo many:

Classical Gas

Beethoven's 7th

Birdland

Samba pa ti

Take Five

Blue Rondo la Turk

Jingo

Soul Sacrifice

Seranade to a Cuckoo

Just about anything with Ian Anderson; Bouree, In the Grip of Stronger Stuff, his take on God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

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I like Native American flute music - it’s calming and meditative. Most recently I’ve been listening to some music by Bill Neal Elk Whistle from his Facebook fan page. Here’s a link to a video I particularly like: https://www.facebook.com/BillNealElkWhistle/videos/1321596598700/.

Here’s another awesome song and video: https://www.facebook.com/BillNealElkWhistle/videos/1828675195348/.

The third song is different because it’s a traditional Americana song, but played in a way I haven’t heard before - it’s available as a download on Apple Music:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wayfaring-stranger-single/1257691732.

Enjoy!

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Here’s another of Bill Neal Elk Whistle’s music videos that I love to listen to:

https://youtu.be/0AYxfob07A8.

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Anything by Duke Ellington from 1939.

 

Also my own tune, "Song for Lisa" - 

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/barrymauer5 

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Delicado performed by Percy Faith & his Orchestra.

Ravel's Bolero (I don't think anyone can mess this one up).

Apache performed by The Shadows

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Music Box Dancer: Frank Mills

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"Lighit Above the Trees" Keiko Matsui. I first heard this piece the night my mother passed away in May 2013. I recieved the call and jumped in the car to go to her home and this tune came on the radio.  It took me to a place of piece and calm.

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1.) "'Round Midnight"-Miles Davis

2.) "Meeting of the Spirits"-John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra

3.) "Satch's Boogie"-Joe Satriani

4.) "Race with the Devil"-Al DiMeola

5.) "Birdland"-Weather Report

6.) "Medley-*Crow River Waltz

                  *Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

                  *Jack Fig (Leo Kottke/My Feet Are Smiling)

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@jm2422wrote:

1.) "'Round Midnight"-Miles Davis

2.) "Meeting of the Spirits"-John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra

3.) "Satch's Boogie"-Joe Satriani

4.) "Race with the Devil"-Al DiMeola

5.) "Birdland"-Weather Report

6.) "Medley-*Crow River Waltz

                  *Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

                  *Jack Fig (Leo Kottke/My Feet Are Smiling)


Nice list! You must be a guitar player Smiley Happy

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You got me pegged.  A hot rodded black Gibson 335 is my instrument of choice.

 

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Guitar? Let's not forget Mason Williams', "Classical Gas!

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My favorite instrumentals?  Anything and everything Buckethead Heart

 

This is Soothsayer

 

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"Pink Panther" - Henry Mancini. Who can listen to this fun song and not smile.

"Grazin' In The Grass" - Hugh Masekela. Huge hit and great rock/jazz fusion.

"Samba Pa Ti" - Santana. Soothing song with Santana's great guitar work (as usual).

"Wipe Out" - The Safaries. The drum work that everybody was trying to tap out. (Okay, it has two words at the beginning: "Wipe Out".)

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Anything by Mozart

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"TAKE FIVE"... Dave Brubeck

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ....Iron Butterfly

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1.) Leo Kottke-"My Feet Are Smiling"-the entire album!!

2.) John Coltrane-"My Favorite Things"

3.) "Take Five"-Dave Brubeck Quartet

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Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

 

Unchained Melody - Les Baxter

 

Patricia - Perez Prado

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"Song for Lola," on guitar by D.L. Dunn on the CD "Driven to Distraction."  It is a sweet, gentle melody that always brings tears to my eyes.

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"Whammer Jammer"-for just the pure party fun of it, by the J.Geils Band.

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Music Box Dancer: Frank Mills

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Love Is Blue: Paul Mauiat

Dualing Banjos: From Deliverance

Theme From "Rocky"

 

 

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One of my alltime favorite instrumentals is Classical Gas by Mason Williams.

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Classical Gas: Very good!

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                     The Moment                      Kenny G

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Very good!
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No question, it's Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. 

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I'd be remiss to let this topic go without mention of this favorite rockin' jazz classic -

 

Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9RovTGUGsA

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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                              Sleep Walk                  Santo & Johnny

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Forgot about that one one of my favs and brings back memories of high school

 

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My favorite instrumentals were from the 60's - A Summer Place (I forget who the artist was) & Stranger on the Shore (by Acker Bilk). I was only 10 at the time & a few months later our country lost its innocence with the assassination of President Kennedy.

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