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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 12, 2012

Hugo Strasser - Das Beste von Hugo Strasser

German clarinetist and band leader Hugo Strasser (b. April 7, 1922) recently celebrated his 90th birthday and is still going strong. He tours in his home country with two other German big band legends, Max Greger (86) and Paul Kuhn (84).

Strasser formed his first band in 1955 and has performed almost continuously and recorded prolifically since then. Much of his recorded output is of the strict tempo dance variety, which is not exactly my cup of tea. After one or two selections, I find it quite mind-numbing. But I like it when Strasser turns to big band standards like Glenn Miller's American Patrol, which you can listen to and download from the link below.

American Patrol

American Patrol is available on several Hugo Strasser CDs, of which the easiest to find is Das Beste von Hugo Strasser, released by EMI in Germany in 1998. As well, a wide selection of Strasser's recordings is available via digital downloads in Canada and Europe. The download selection in the U.S. is much more limited.

The YouTube take on American Patrol has a cool picture of the maestro ready for some bandstand action.

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