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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.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bill McGuffie - Go! McGuffie

Today, a sampling of the work of British jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Bill McGuffie (1927-1987).

The extremely rare Go! McGuffie LP was released in the U.S. in 1955, the third of three consecutive years in which McGuffie was named Britain's top jazz pianist. He later worked conducting film scores and wrote several of his own, including Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD, based on the television series Doctor Who and starring Peter Cushing.

Go! McGuffie was likely released in his native Britain under a different title or it may be a compilation of some of his British recordings, I'm not sure. From it, comes the Gershwin tune A Foggy Day, in glorious mono from the original LP.

A Foggy Day

I don't know why this album is so rare. I haven't seen a copy for sale anywhere for a long time. It's contents don't appear to have been released digitally. But there are a number of McGuffie's later recordings available on CD and via downloads. Many of them are of the easy listening variety.

McGuffie often backed Benny Goodman on his European tours and here's a YouTube excerpt from one such concert in Italy in 1970.

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