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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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Jimmy Namaro - With Mallets A Four Thought



Canadian vibraphone and marimba player Jimmy Namaro is best known in the U.S. for the 15 years he spent as musical director for Frankie Laine -- from 1978-1993.

But long before that he had a dual career in Canada -- as a leader of pop and jazz trios and quartets in popular Toronto nightspots and as a frequent performer on radio, particularly as a member of the Happy Gang musical troupe on the CBC network.

He didn't make all that many recordings and only one album, Driftwood, was released in the U.S. With Mallets A 4 Thought is one of his earliest albums, perhaps even his first, and was released on the Canadian Sparton label. Although there's no date on the record, it probably is from the mid- to late 1950s. You can listen to and download one of the tracks from this album below.

With Mallets Towards Some

Namaro died at his home in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada in 1998 at age 85. Unfortunately, none of his recordings are available on CD or as downloads, although his LPs occasionally turn up on the auction sites. A copy of With Mallets A 4 Thought recently sold on eBay for under $10.

Here's another sample of Namaro's music, this time from the album Driftwood.


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