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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, April 27, 2012

Joe Pass - A Sign of the Times

It was indeed a sign of the times in the mid-1960s as several jazz labels pushed their artists to record cover versions of the latest pop hits. World Pacific Records was particularly active in this area, with artists like Bud Shank, Chet Baker and guitarist Joe Pass putting out LPs of hit parade tunes.

These commercial ventures didn't improve the artists' standing in the jazz community and didn't seem to generate a great deal of interest among pop fans either. They did, however, gain plenty of airplay on the "good music" easy listening stations of the day.

A case in point is Pass's A Sign of the Times (1965), which takes its title from the Petula Clark hit. Listen to and download the title tune from the link below. The MP3 is taken from the original LP.

A Sign of the Times

Pass put out several of these pop albums, including one of movie themes and another called Stones Jazz, which was dedicated to the songs of the Rolling Stones.

In 2002, the British label Beat Goes On released A Sign of the Times on a 2-on-1 CD with another Pass album, Simplicity. It's still available, but expensive. You can also purchase A Sign of the Times as a download.

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