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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.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hollywood Studio Orchestra - Broadway Memories

Every once in a while, you get something useful (in other words, listenable) out of the bins of those no-name CDS in the discount and department stores. Case in point is this 1985 release by an aggregation dubbed the Hollywood Studio Orchestra.

The CD is European in origin but beyond that there are no meaningful credits on either the CD or cassette version of this album. But it turns out to be a pretty decent big band recording, a real orchestra at that and not some electronic concoction.

As the title Broadway Memories would indicate, most are well-known standards from stage musicals, but there are also a couple of original tunes, one of which, Autumn Nights, you can listen to and download from the link below. The MP3 is taken from the cassette version of the album.

Autumn Nights

If you like what you hear, your best bet to score a copy of Broadway Memories is probably a thrift store or the bargain bin at a CD merchant. It's a frequent visitor to those locations. It also often turns up on eBay at a low price. But be warned: Not all albums (in fact, very few) billed as by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra are as good as this one. Many are truly wretched synth recordings that you'll end using as coasters.

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