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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, April 11, 2012

David Matthews & the Tokyo Union Big Band - Keeping Count

The Tokyo Union Big Band, a Japanese ensemble, was formed in 1964 by alto saxophonist Ryusuke Nomura. Tenor sax man Tatsuya Takahashi took over two years later and under his leadership the band toured internationally, including appearances at the Montreux and Monterey jazz festivals.

Most of the band's recordings weren't available in North America. One notable exception was Keeping Count, a Count Basie tribute, released on the ProJazz label in 1986. The album featured arrangements by American David Matthews and included the swinging Ernie Wilkins-penned tribute Basie, which you can listen to and download from the link below. The MP3 is from a cassette version of the album.


Amazingly a used CD copy of this outstanding big band album can be had for as little as a penny! Pick one up today -- you won't regret it.

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