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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 06, 2012

Oliver Nelson with Oily Rags - Oliver Edward Nelson in London with Oily Rags

Oliver Nelson was a talented jazz saxophonist whose playing skills were eventually overshadowed by what flowed from his pen.

In 1961, he recorded Blues and the Abstract Truth, an album now considered a jazz classic. Nelson composed all the tunes, with one of them, Stolen Moments, becoming a standard in the jazz repertoire. Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans were among the musicians on the date.

But Nelson soon became in greater demand for his arranging talents than for his playing. Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Billy Taylor were among those who benefited from his skills. Nelson also began writing for the movies and television.

But in 1974 (the year before his death at 43 from a heart attack), Nelson made one of his infrequent returns to playing when producer Bob Thiele put him together with Oily Rags, a British rock group fronted by Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock. The duo was soon to gain fame as Chas & Dave.

Oliver Edward Nelson in London with Oily Rags, the result of the transatlantic collaboration, wasn't much favoured by the critics, but it's a pleasant, laid-back, blues-based affair. From it, comes Working Man, a Hodges/Peacock composition. The MP3 is taken from the original LP.

Working Man

As far as I know this album has never turned up on CD. And none of the tracks appear to be available as legal downloads. Used copies of the LP, which turn up fairly frequently, tend to be expensive.

Here's another track from the album, via YouTube.

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