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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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis formed an unsurpassed jazz guitar supergroup and billed themselves as the Great Guitars, recording half a dozen albums for the Concord label, beginning in 1975.

After Kessel was incapacitated by a stroke in 1992, he was replaced by Mundell Lowe and Larry Coryell on the final Great Guitars album. Most of the recordings were live, including their third release, Great Guitars at the Winery, which came out on vinyl in 1980. A CD release followed a decade later.

The Benny Goodman-Charlie Christian classic Air Mail Special comes from that album, with the MP3 taken from the vinyl release.

Air Mail Special

The Great Guitars at the Winery CD has been out of print for a while, but inexpensive used copies are easy to obtain. It's not available as a download, but a couple of other releases by the Great Guitars are.

Air Mail Special is included in this nine-minute medley from a Great Guitars concert. No date or venue for the performance is given.

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