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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, June 14, 2012

Grover Washington, Jr. - Mister Magic

Mister Magic, released in 1974, is arguably saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.'s most popular album. Certainly it has reached the status of a classic in R&B-tinged jazz.

The album was a big seller when it was released and the title song was a hit single. The album continues to sell in the digital age.

Keyboardist Bob James provided the arrangements and he shares the solo spotlights with Washington and guitarist Eric Gale. Black Frost is one of the four tunes on the album. What you can listen to and download below is the 45 edit of the song, taken from the vinyl single. It runs just over three minutes, so if you like what you hear buy the album and get the full six-minute version.

Black Frost

Mister Magic is widely available both in CD and download formats. In a reversal of the usual pattern, the CD is half the price of a download. Amazon sells new copies for less than $5 and its marketplace has used CDs starting at about $2.

And from a 1981 Philadelphia concert, here's almost 15 minutes of Mister Magic.


・Grover Washington Jr. (ts)
・Eric Gale (g)
・Richard Tee (key)
・Paul Griffin (synth)
・Anthony Jackson (b)
・Steve Gadd (ds)
・Ralph MacDonald (per).

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