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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 26, 2012

The Krontjong Devils - Surfin' Sounds of the Krontjong Devils

Instrumental surf music truly has spread all over the world, especially since the revival of the genre that began in the 1980s. and continues today.

Case in point -- the Krontjong Devils, who hail from the Netherlands. The group -- consisting of Gerhard Rinsma on bass, Kees De Vries on organ and guitar, Nico Plantenga, drums and Hendrik Jan Hors, guitar -- began in 1993. They were influenced by 1960s bands like The Trashmen, The Astrounauts, The Bobby Fuller IV and The Pyramids and by more modern surf and hot rod groups like Untamed Youth and The Phantom Surfers.

Surfin' Sounds of the Krontjong Devils was released in 1996 and was a mixture of surf standards and originals. From it comes the South Pacific song Bali Ha'i, always a favorite of surfing bands.

Bali Ha'i

Surfin' Sounds of the Krontjong Devils is no longer available on CD but it and another album, The Krontjong Devils on Tour, are available as downloads. On Tour also can be purchased on CD from the Amazon Marketplace.

The Krontjong Devils still appear to be active (as of 2011), but the band's website is gone and there have been no new releases for several years.

Still there are plenty of videos on the web to keep fans happy. Here's one of them, Our Favorite Martian, from the Surfer Joe Summer Festival on June 17, 2011 in Livorno, Italy.

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