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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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Les & Larry Elgart - The Beat of the Big Bands



Les & Larry Elgart, both together and separately, helped keep big band music alive long after the swing era had ended. The two brothers co-led one of the most popular bands of the 1950s.

Their big band was lighter in tone than many of the swing era bands and there were almost no solos for the band members. Many of their recordings veered into easy listening territory, particularly after the brothers split at the close of the '50s.

They reunited in 1963 but parted ways again after about four years. Larry went on to find late career success with the Hooked on Swing albums, which consisted of big band standards set to a disco beat.

What purports to be Les & Larry Elgart's version of Begin the Beguine, one of the best known swing era standards courtesy of Artie Shaw's 1938 hit, appeared on The Beat of the Big Bands, a 1973 compilation on Columbia's low-budget Harmony label. The MP3 below comes from a cassette version of that album. But further listening reveals that is a version by Les without his brother and which first appeared on the 1960 album The Band with That Sound.

Begin the Beguine

And just to confirm that this is Les's band alone, here's the YouTube video.




No need to go searching for old records (unless you're a vinyl fanatic) to get this version of Begin the Beguine. It's available both as a digital download and on CD.

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