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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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk

Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson came out with Blues Walk, an album which the AllMusic Guide calls his "undisputed masterpiece," in 1958.

Donaldson was heavily influenced by Charlie Parker and this album, although still largely in a boppish vein, marked the point where he started to develop a distinctive style of his own, mainly by adding blues elements to his playing.

One of the album's highlights is a wonderful reading of the ballad Autumn Nocturne. The MP3 is taken from a DJ 45 that probably dates from around the time the original album was released.

Autumn Nocturne

If you're a newcomer to Donaldson's work, Blues Walk is the place to start. And fortunately the album is easily obtainable (and reasonably priced) in both CD and download formats.

To whet your appetite further, here's a video version of the title cut from Blues Walk. Excellent video and audio quality.

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