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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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Preston Reed - Border Towns

Preston Reed, says the biography on his official website, "has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played." He plays in "a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other."

Well, there's certainly a lot going in Reed's peformances and recordings and his technique is amazing. You certainly won't be bored, but the intenseness of much of his music may not be to everyone's taste.

As well as gigs with the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt, Reed has found time to record 15 albums since 1979, including Border Towns, released by Capitol in 1993. The MP3 of the title song is taken from a cassette copy of the album.

Border Towns

If this album sounds as if it might appeal to you, a new or used copy of the CD can be had very cheaply -- for as little as $0.52! A half dozen of Preston Reed's albums are available as downloads, but Border Towns is not.

From YouTube here's Reed playing Border Towns at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2011. Great view of his technique but sound is predictably subpar.

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