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Songs of the Season: Autumn

In honor of the fall, this week on Afterglow we’ll be featuring music from Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Al Cobine, Dave Brubeck and more.

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Dave Brubeck's rarely-heard track, “Autumn in Our Town", is featured on his album Indian Summer.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Songs of the Season: Autumn.”

In honor of the fall we’ll be featuring music from Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Al Cobine, Cassandra Wilson, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and many others, including a rarely-heard Dave Brubeck track, “Autumn in Our Town.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Summer Souvenirs
Artie Shaw — Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Hindsight, 1938)
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Summer Souvenirs
Artie Shaw — Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Hindsight, 1938)

Notes: Live performance, with Helen Forrest on vocals.

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Now That Summer's Gone
Claude Thornhill — 1949-53 Performances (Hep, 1953)
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The Things We Did Last Summer
Frank Sinatra — The Columbia Years 1943-52 (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)
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Summer's Over
Gerry Mulligan — Comp. Concert Jazz Band (Mosaic, 1961)
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The Summer Wind
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Tis Autumn
Nat King Cole — Best of the Nat King Cole Trio 1947-50 (Capitol, 1949)
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Autumn In Our Town
Dave Brubeck — Vocal Encounters (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)

Notes: With Ranny Sinclair on vocals.

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Autumn Nocturne
Lou Donaldson — The Blues Walk (Blue Note, 1958)
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Autumn Serenade
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse, 1963)
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You Have Lived in Autumn
Blossom Dearie — I'm Hip (Columbia/Daffodil, 1984)
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Autumn in New York
Billie Holiday — Solitude (Verve, 1952)
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Early Autumn
Duke Ellington — The Cosmic Scene (Columbia/Mosaic, 1958)
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Indian Summer
Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington — Francis A. and Edward K. (Reprise, 1968)
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September Song
Sarah Vaughan — Sarah Vaughan (EmArcy, 1954)

Notes: With Clifford Brown on trumpet.

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September in the Rain
Bud Powell — 1945-47 (Chronological Classics, 1945)

Notes: With Freddie Webster on trumpet.

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Maybe September
Tony Bennett — The Movie Songs Album (Columbia, 1966)

Notes: From the movie THE OSCAR, in which Bennett also acted.

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When October Goes
Barry Manilow — 2:00 A.M. Paradise Cafe (Arista, 1984)

Notes: Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

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October in the Air
Al Cobine — Al Cobine Plays Songs of Yesterday & Today
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This October
Four Freshmen — Comp. 1950s Capitol Recordings (Mosaic, 1959)


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November Twilight
Julie London — Calendar Girl (Liberty, 1956)
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Shine On Harvest Moon
Rosemary Clooney — Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! (RCA/Bluebird, 1960)
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Art Tatum/Roy Eldridge — Group Masterpieces V. 2 (Pablo, 1955)
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Harvest Moon
Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter (Blue Note, 1995)

Notes: Neil Young song.

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Autumn Leaves
Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis — Somethin' Else (Blue Note, 1958)
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