Podcast: Train Music (50th episode!)

Fifty shows! This is the special anniversary edition of American Highways. I’m pianist Guy Livingston and this show is a festive one, about trains, mostly American trains. Music of Steve Reich, Harry Partch, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Glenn Miller, and Meade “Lux” Lewis.

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Train Music! Union Pacific 1950s locomotive


listen-to-CZ-button now-on-itunes-buttonAMERICAN HIGHWAYS #50: Train Music Playlist

Theme Music :
Steve Reich.
The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Count Basie
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie
Welton KBOX3182C

Steve Reich
Different Trains
1. America, Before The War (8:59)
2. Europe, During The War (7:31)
3. After The War (10:27)
The London Steve Reich Ensemble, Vincent Corver, Kevin Griffiths
EMI Classics ‎– 50999 0 87319 2 0

train music for jazz band and for contemporary ensembles

don’t bother trying to set your watch by Amtrak

Harry Warren (music) & Mack Gordon (lyrics)
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Glenn Miller
Welton KBOX3182C

Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, & Milt Gabler
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Welton KBOX3182C

Meade “Lux” Lewis
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Meade “Lux” Lewis
Milan Records

Harry Partch
Barstow: Eight Hitchhikers’ Inscription From A Highway Railing At Barstow, California
Ben Johnston, voice; Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch 7559-79372-2 1

Billy Strayhorn, lyrics by Joya Sherrill
Take The “A” Train
Duke Ellington
Welton KBOX3182C

silk pajamas on the train - but what's she listening to?

This photo doesn’t look posed at all.


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