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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, June 16, 2012

Bud Shank - Barefoot Adventure

Jazz saxophonist Bud Shank provided the soundtracks to two of surfing movie producer Bruce Brown's early films -- Slippery When Wet (1959, Brown's debut film) and Barefoot Adventure (1961, Brown's third film).

Surfing music as a genre did not yet exist, so surfing fanatics were treated to some cool West Coast jazz sounds. Both soundtracks were released on the Pacific Jazz label.

The Barefoot Adventure album was a bigger hit than the label anticipated, selling about 10,000 copies. In fact, wrote Brad Barrett in an article for The Surfer's Journal in the spring of 2000, "this was so far beyond Pacific Jazz's expectations (and resources) that they couldn't pay Bud Shank the royalties due him. So they went out and bought him a deluxe sound system on credit, components of which he still owns to this day."

Personnel on the soundtrack date was as follows:

Bud Shank: Alto & Baritone Sax
Bob Cooper: Tenor Sax
Carmell Jones: Trumpet
Dennis Budimir: Guitar
Gary Peacock: Bass
Shelly Manne: Drums.

From the link below you can listen to and download the title track from Barefoot Adventure.

Barefoot Adventure

Barefoot Adventure is available on CD in several variations, none of them cheap. Best bet is probably the straight reissue (2011) from EMI Japan, available for slightly less than $17. The download version is less than half the price.

From YouTube, here's another sampling of the soundtrack. The tune is Ala Moana.

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