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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Arthur Lyman - Ilikai

Along with Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman helped craft the exotica music genre that gained popularity in the the late 1950s. In fact, Lyman played vibes in Denny's group but left in 1957 to start his own ensemble.

Lyman's debut album Taboo was a Top 10 hit in 1958. Denny and Lyman had similar lush sounds and their recordings often featured bird calls and other exotic sound effects.

Denny and Lyman also had the only major hit singles of the relatively short-lived exotica fad -- Denny with Quiet Village and Lyman with Yellow Bird in 1961.

Exotica music was past its due date by the time Lyman released Ilikai in 1967. It's a pretty straightforward effort, with a mixture of cover versions of recent pop hits and songs by Hawaiian musicians, such as Ain't no Big Thing by Kui Lee. This tune was used in several epidodes of Hawaii 5-0 (not Lyman's version).

Listen to and download Ain't No Big Thing by Arthur Lyman from the link below.

Ain't No Big Thing

Kui Lee, who also wrote Don Ho's signature tune Tiny Bubbles, died in 1966, the year before Lyman's version of Ain't No Big Thing surfaced as the lead track of his Ilikai LP.

Many of Arthur Lyman's albums, including Ilikai, are available on 2on1 CDs from the Collector's Choice label at a bargain price of $5.98. Visit for details.

Ilikai is also widely available as a digital download. 

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