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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, May 18, 2012

Dave Pike - Manhattan Latin

This 1964 album for Decca marked a bit of a departure for vibraphonist Dave Pike, whose previous recordings had been straight-ahead jazz.

Obviously, this is a Latin album, but one that is composed mainly of Pike originals rather than Latin standards. And it's one that appeals to a wide audience -- to those listeners who fancied jazz, latin music, exotica (think Martin Denny) and easy listening. So-called "good music" stations of the day were probably -- or at least should have been -- all over this one.

Manhattan Latin benefits from the presence of flautist Joseph Grimaldi, Hubert Laws on piccolo and tenor sax, latin percussionist Willie Bobo, trumpeter Dave Burns and a young Chick Corea on piano. Listen to and download the leadoff track, Baby, from the link below. The MP3 is from vinyl.


Manhattan Latin is ready available on CD and as a download. I've seen used copies of the CD advertised recently for under $5. Amazon Marketplace is probably your best bet for a used CD.

Another sample from Manhattan Latin, via YouTube. La Playa was composed by Chick Corea. Accompanied by photo slide show.

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