With a nod to Metallica’s “Orion” as my number two, my favorite instrumental number ever is without question “Charlie’s Blues” by Charlie Byrd accompanied by a drummer and bassist. Live recording. The guitar is all coming out of him, somehow.
Classical Gas - Mason Williams (1968) - Originally named “Classical Gasoline,” the tune was envisioned to be “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire. The title was later inadvertently shortened by a music copyist. Mike Post, later famous for television theme music, was a producer and arranger for the song.
And, “Fire on High,” by Electric Light Orchestra. Though, there are some choral voices at the end of the song, singing the name of the song, so purists might argue that it isn’t technically an instrumental.
For classic rock, nothing beats “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group, but lately, I’ve been leaning towards a newer track, “Miasma” by Ghost, which honestly sounds like something right out of Winter’s wheelhouse (especially the sax solo near the end).
Good choice. I was going to suggest something Brubek. In general I listen to a lot more rock than jazz, but when it comes to instrumentals I can’t think of a rock instrumental as good as the best jazz instrumentals.
I’ll offer up Coltrane’s long version of 'My Favorite Things". Love how he takes the base melody, goes off on tangents, and eventually slides back into the melody. Even though the lyrical version of the song is associated with Christmas, I always get the feeling of a cool, rainy day in Spring or Fall when I listen to this: