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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, May 20, 2012

Larry Nelson - The "In" Harmonica

Larry Nelson was a pseudonym for Larry Knechtel, the multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, guitar, harmonica) most often remembered these days as a member of Bread and for playing the piano introduction to Simon and Garfunkel's 1970 hit A Bridge Over Troubled Water.

But his list of credits was far more extensive than that. The artists with whom Knechtel played included Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Duane Eddy, Neil Diamond and countless others.

With all that activity in the studio, he released very few albums of his own. There was The "In" Harmonica and Boss Baroque (credited to the Carmel Strings featuring Larry Knechtel), both recorded for World Pacific in 1965-66. Later in his career there were two new age albums -- Mountain Moods (1989) and Urban Gypsy (1990), released as part of MCA's Masters Series.

On The "In" Harmonica the band included such Los Angeles session stalwarts as Billy Preston (piano and organ), Al Casey (guitar), Jerry Cole (bass guitar) and Hal Blaine (drums). The album consists mainly of covers of folk-rock tunes of the day, including You Were on My Mind, written by Canadian folk singer Sylvia Tyson and recorded with her husband in the duo of Ian and Sylvia. The hit version, however, was by a U.S. group, The We Five. Listen to and download Larry "Nelson's" version below.

You Were on My Mind

The "In" Harmonica has never been released on CD and is not available as a (legal) download. Prices for used copies of the LP are all over the map -- anywhere from $5 to over $100. Most prices tend to be towards the higher end of the scale.

In the video below, Knechtel, who died in 2009, plays A Bridge Over Troubled Water with Vince Gill in 2007 at the Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville for the group of L.A. session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. The video was posted on YouTube with permission of the Musicians Hall of Fame.

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