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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 08, 2012

George Shearing - By Request

George Shearing led one of the most popular jazz combos in the world in the 1950s and '60s, and no collection of bachelor pad music was complete without at least several of his sophisticated recordings of standards that he released on Capitol. The combo was sometimes augmented by strings.

The success of these recordings often overshadowed Shearing's accomplishments as a soloist and as a pioneer of small-combo Latin jazz.

His first album for Capitol, after a period at MGM, was The Shearing Spell, released in 1955. One of the standards on this LP was Autumn in New York, which later turned up on a budget CD release entitled By Request. The MP3 is taken from a cassette copy of this album.

Autumn in New York

The sound on By Request, released on the Pair label, was merely adequate and you can purchase a copy quite cheaply. If you're fussy about sound quality you'll want to search for the pairing of The Shearing Spell and Velvet Carpet, released by Collector's Choice in 2000 but now unfortunately out of print.

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