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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.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Teresa Brewer & Mercer Ellington - The Cotton Connection



Those of you who remember Teresa Brewer for her high-pitched pop hits (like Music! Music! Music!) in the 1950s may be surprised (pleasantly, I hope) by her later jazz recordings.

Some may be put off by her slightly nasal tone, but she does a more than creditable job on The Cotton Connection, a 1985 album for the Doctor Jazz label where the band is led by Mercer Ellington.

Her re-emergence as a jazz singer came after her 1972 marriage to record producer Bob Thiele and she had a string of albums for Doctor Jazz, as well as Thiele's other labels, Red Baron and Signature.

From The Cotton Connection comes All of Me. The MP3 is taken from a cassette copy of the album.

All of Me

Here's the YouTube take on All of Me.




The Cotton Connection is readily available, paired with The Songs of Bessie Smith (backing by Count Basie), on a 2-for-1 CD from the Collectables label at a bargain price.

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