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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, April 19, 2012

Claude Bolling - Tribute to the Piano Greats

French jazz pianist and composer Claude Bolling pays tribute to Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Ramsey Lewis, Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton and Erroll Garner in a series of 12 original compositions.

Tribute to the Piano Greats, which dates from 2003, first appeared in 1975 under the title With the Help of My Friends. The same tracks appeared on CD as Inspirations in 2000 and finally as Tribute to the Piano Greats. The album is widely available in both CD and download versions under all three titles, so make sure you don't duplicate your purchase.

Below is Bolling's tribute to Oscar Peterson for listening and downloading.

An Oscar for Oscar

From YouTube comes a marvelous 1984 concert appearance in which Bolling plays with Peterson on An Oscar for Oscar. The sound quality is excellent, although the picture quality is not.

Claude Bolling is probably best known in North America for  a series of "crossover" collaborations with classical musicians, in particular his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal. That album was on the Billboard chart for more than 10 years after its release in 1975.

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