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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.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Soul Sugar - Jimmy McGriff

While organist Jimmy McGriff's recordings always had an R&B groove to them, the 1971 release Soul Sugar may well be his funkiest album ever. Under the guidance of producer Sonny Lester and backed by a crack rhythm section, McGriff divides his time almost equally between originals and contemporary pop and R&B covers. Listen to (and download if you so desire) what he does with James Brown's Ain't It Funky Now. The MP3 is taken from the original vinyl album on Capitol.

Ain't It Funky Now

Soul Sugar was paired with another McGriff album from 1971, Groove Grease, for a CD release in 2008. It's no longer available on disc but the complete 2-for-1 is available as a download.

For those interested, here's the band on Soul Sugar:

Flute, Tenor Sax: Cliff Davis
Trumpet: Murray Watson
Baritone Sax: Johnny Board
Electric Piano: Horace Ott
Guitar: Larry Frazier
Bass: Richard Davis
Drums: Marion J. Booker
Conga, Tambourine: Lawrence Killian

The personnel differs slightly for Groove Grease.

From YouTube, here's another track from Soul Sugar.

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