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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 17, 2012

Wilton Felder - Bullitt

This striking gatefold album issued by World Pacific in 1970 has never been released on CD and isn't available as a download.

More's the pity as saxophonist Wilton Felder, a longtime member of The Crusaders and its predecessor The Jazz Crusaders, and his cohorts lay down a solid jazz-funk album of airplay-ready material where only one selection is over several minutes in length. Only the title track has anything to do with the classic Steve McQueen movie. The rest are mainly covers of R&B hits of the day, like Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, a Motown hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1968.

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

None of the other musicians on Wilton Felder's Bullitt are identified, although the arrangements are by another member of the Crusaders, Wayne Henderson.

Felder's version of the Bullitt theme has turned up on several CD compilations from Blue Note, of which the easiest to obtain is Blue Movies: Scoring for the Studios. It's also available as a download.

Prices for copies of the original World Pacific LP are in the range of $20-50.

Here's Felder's recording of Bullitt accompanied by some of the great car chase scenes from the movie.

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