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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 12, 2012

The Singing Saxophones - Singing Saxophones

It's time for another recording by that most prolific of recording artists -- anonymous.

The group in question is dubbed The Singing Saxophones and this self-titled album likely came out in the 1970s. The band, all real instruments by the way, is obviously European and quite listenable considering the limits within which the musicians had to work. The tunes seem to be mostly arrangements of songs in the public domain, to avoid paying licensing fees I assume.

There are strong echoes of Billy Vaughn here, but with some European touches -- sort of a cut- rate Max Greger, if you will.

This record is on the Sounds of Music label, released in Canada by Arc Records, infamous for its poor quality and often off-centre pressings. Arc released the 101 Strings recordings in Canada and Anne Murray made some of her pre-fame recordings for the company.

For Arc, Singing Saxophones is a pretty good sounding record, way above the quality of their usual product. From it you can listen to and download A Tavern in the Town.

A Tavern in the Town

Another LP titled Singing Saxophones, which pre-dates the Canadian release and containing some of the same tracks, was released in 1971 on the Monopole label in Belgium and was billed as by the Jimmy Lockwood Band. The arranger is listed as Jacky Sprangers. Interestingly there are a dozen tracks by Jacky Sprangers and His Famous Sound available for download from most of the major sources. The album is called Tribute to Glenn Miller and contains a track called Singing Saxophones.

Are all three albums by the same person? Seems likely, but who knows.

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