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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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wes Montgomery - Fusion! Wes Montgomery with Strings

Fusion! Wes Montgomery with Strings (Riverside, 1963) is a significant album in the guitarist's career as it marked his movement into the pop genre from jazz. This shift would culminate in albums like Tequila and California Dreamin' for the Verve and A&M labels.

On the Riverside album, however, Montgomery sticks to the standards rather than covering the chart hits of the day. Backed by the arrangments of Jimmy Jones, he tackles songs like All the Way, a 1957 hit for Frank Sinatra. You can listen to and download the track via the link below. The MP3 is taken from vinyl. I believe it was a promo 45 single, but it was done a number of years ago and I don't really recall.

All the Way

Fusion! is readily available as a CD or digital download from all the major online sellers.

Here's a YouTube take on All the Way, set to a montage of Wes Montgomery album covers.

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