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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.

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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.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mike Britton & Jon Green - Standards, Vol. 2




OK, I know this isn't a picture of a record album or cassette. The guy you're looking at is British jazz guitarist Mike Britton.

And what I have for you to listen and download is a track from a cassette, Standards, Vol. 2, he and fellow guitarist Jon Green recorded when they were street musicians in Bath, England.

The following snippet is from the files of the Chicago Tribune, dated October 1988:

HEY YANK, I TAKE VISA. . . .
In England, two street musicians in Bath, the ancient Roman spa resort, now accept plastic, too. Jon Green and Mike Britton obtained traders` licenses and plastered their open guitar cases with American Express, MasterCard and VISA signs. Explained Green: ``We got the idea because American tourists were waving their credit cards at us as we played.``

I'm assuming the cassette is from the same period. It wasn't purchased in the U.K. but turned up in a thrift store in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. Who knows how it got there. In any case, here's Body and Soul from Standards, Vol. 2 by Mike Britton and Jon Green.

Body and Soul

Britton is no mere street musician. He has a long history in British jazz and pop and in the 1960s worked with major U.K. performers like Matt Monro, Vince Hill and Frankie Vaughan. After sojourns in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, Britton returned to the U.K. to teach at Dartington College in Devon, in southwest England. In more recent years he performed on some of the last cruises of the QE2 and has been active with the Torfaen Jazz Club in South Wales.

You can read Britton's biography at The Jazz Place portal. There's also a link to buy a recent CD.

From YouTube, here's a 2010 performance by the Mike Britton Trio. There's some wonderful playing marred by an almost deafening level of crowd noise. Recorded at the Queen's Head community pub in Monmouth, Wales.

3 comments:

  1. I hope this works. I'm the Mike Britton referred to. Is anyone there?

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  2. Yes I'm here. Still loving your music Mike.
    I'm afraid the cassette tapes of you & Jon I bought in Bath are getting a bit past it now. Is Vol 1 & 2 available as an mp3 please?

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  3. Yes I'm here. Still loving your music Mike.
    I'm afraid the cassette tapes of you & Jon I bought in Bath are getting a bit past it now. Is Vol 1 & 2 available as an mp3 please?

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