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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 15, 2012

Bobby Darin - Autumn Blues

There's a reason you don't hear as much about Bobby Darin as a pianist as you do about his vocal talents: His keyboard work was mediocre at best.

Still, Atco saw fit to release Beachcomber b/w Autumn Blues, two instrumentals composed and performed by Darin, in 1960. The saving grace is the orchestra conducted by jazzman Shorty Rogers, whose arrangments cover the holes nicely. You can listen to and download Autumn Blues from the link below.

Autumn Blues

A YouTube video presents us with a test pressing of Autumn Blues while showing us the inner workings of a jukebox as it's being played. Enjoy.

Beachcomber/Autumn Blues was not a hit, selling only to Darin's dedicated fans. Still, it was followed in 1961 with another instrumental release, Come September/Walk Back to Me.

Beachcomber turned up on Darin's album Things & Other Things and is available as a legal download from Amazon. Autumn Blues appeared only as the "B" side of the 45, didn't get an album release and isn't available as a legal download in North America. If you live in Belgium, you're in luck. It's available from iTunes in that country.


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    1. Glad you enjoyed "Autumn Blues." The "A" side of the single, "Beachcomber," will be posted in a couple of weeks.