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sanangel Mar 22, 2008 01:36 PM

Hi Hounds,

Does anybody happen to know the names and/or artists of the music used in Mark Bittman's "Minimalist" video podcasts (also available on The New York Times website)...?

There's a lazy, elegant, and jazzy piece that ends nearly every episode (it used to open the show some time back, too), and I'd love to hear the whole thing.

I'd also like to know the name and artist of the piece that used to open the show a couple months back: it's another lazy little jazz tune that features whistling throughout. Anyone know it?

Thanks for any and all help!

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    sanangel Feb 20, 2009 08:45 AM

    So I * * f i n a l l y * * found the song I've been looking for. With the help of one of the producers of Bittman's Minimalist videos/podcasts, I learned that the song is called "Le Weekend," and it's by an artist by the name of Alex Keen. There's a catch, however: the song cannot be found on any commercially available album, and was written solely for use by the television and movie industry. Bummer.

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      sanangel Feb 20, 2009 08:56 AM

      chefwannab -- please contact me at sanangel at g mail dot com. thanks

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        chipdum Apr 10, 2009 07:46 AM

        If we are all talking about the same music that is typically played at the end of his videos with a violin and guitar, then see my previous post. Pretty sure the violin and guitar are Paul Mehling and Evan Price of the Hot Club of San Francisco. Below is a youtube link with this group playing a different tune in this same style. The only Alex Keen I know of that plays this style of music is from London and is the bass player with a band named "Vipers Dream". They don't sound like the music in the Bittman videos to my ears. I have never seen that this Alex Keen writes any music in this style. I will write to Paul and ask him if they did this piece.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzXkzD...

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          galindes Mar 9, 2010 12:02 PM

          You evidently have no idea, "chipdum". The music is "Le Weekend" by Alex Keen (Lazy jazz violin accordion and guitar) and the link is here http://bit.ly/ap9A5v

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            Jophan Feb 5, 2011 10:19 AM

            Galindes, thank you! I'm eternally grateful. Tracking down that piece had been driving me crazy.

            It was interesting to compare the 29 second version used on Bittman's videos with the much longer full version.

            Music lovers may have fun exploring that whole site, which is devoted to generic music intended for use in the background of TV shows, movies, and commercials.

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              galindes Feb 5, 2011 10:24 AM

              You are more than welcome "Jophan"! I am glad that people share my interest in Mark Bitmman's "The Minimalist" music score.

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              HillJ Feb 6, 2011 03:54 PM

              how in the world did I miss this link! Fantastic share, thank you!

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                galindes Feb 6, 2011 07:15 PM

                You are welcome "HillJ"!

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        chefwannab Nov 22, 2008 10:40 AM

        Did you ever find out, sanangel? This has been bugging me for some time as well - I love that tune! Endless searching and this was the only mention of it I could find; I was hoping you might have an answer by now!

        Thanks!

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          chipdum Jan 28, 2009 05:24 AM

          The music is in the style of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (Gypsy Jazz). Usually a guitar (Django Reinhardt) and a violin (Stefan Grapelli) bass etc. This particular piece is probably The Hot Club of San Francisco (Paul Mehing guitar and Evan Price violin). I play this music and know most of the players styles and sound, but I have never heard this particular tune by this group. Listen to music on their web site: hcsf.com. Hope this helps.

        2. pitu Mar 28, 2008 08:06 AM

          well....
          for the PBS Bittman show, the song is "Caballo Viejo", by Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban
          and if memory serves, they used a cut from Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos in an earlier show. But neither of those are what I heard on the NYT website when I watched his shrimp with fermented black beans stir fry yesterday...
          If it's really driving you nuts, email the producer of the segment at the NYT. Those videos have credits...

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            miss_bennet Mar 27, 2008 07:21 PM

            I did some searching; I found nothing.

            But I can tell you that it isn't minimalist music!

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              sanangel Mar 27, 2008 10:57 PM

              Well, thanks for at least trying, Miss Bennet -- I certainly appreciate the effort.

              "I can tell you that it isn't minimalist music!"

              Wakka-wakka-wakka!!

              =)

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              sanangel Mar 27, 2008 05:20 PM

              ...Does no one know..?? Someone's got to.. C'mon! =)

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