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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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

George Mann Orchestra - Theme from the Motion Picture A Man & A Woman

OK, let's get one thing straight: There was probably never an orchestra leader named George Mann, despite the fact there was a plethora of albums under that name on the ultra-cheap Crown and Custom labels in the 1960s.

Using the word "orchestra" is also a bit of an overstatement. Many of the Mann recordings, like the one pictured above, used a small combo, probably made up of Los Angeles session musicians.

You usually considered yourself lucky if you got a Crown or Custom LP that was listenable. Many of the recordings used very low-grade vinyl and were often pressed off-centre. The resulting sound resembled a bunch of drunk musicians recording in a van with the windows open.

I got lucky, picking up a very good copy of Theme from the Motion Picture A Man and a Woman by the George Mann Orchestra. Here's a sample; something called A Woman to Have, which sounds like it was titled by someone whose first language was definitely not English.

A Woman to Have

If this kind of cocktail jazz appeals to you, there are more than a half dozen albums under the George Mann name available for download from various sources. The quality of most is excellent, considering the source, but preview before you buy.

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