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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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chet Atkins - Sails

When Chet Atkins left RCA for Columbia in 1982, he seemed to leave country music behind as well. Many of his releases for his new label fell into the categories of new age or that evolution of easy listening that's known as smooth jazz. There's a quite a bit of smooth but precious little jazz (where's the improvisation, for example?) as far as I can tell, but I digress.

No matter what genre he plays in, Atkins always brings a touch of class and elegance. Such is the case with Sails, a 1987 release that falls squarely in the new age category. There are guest appearances by fellow guitarists Earl Klugh and Mark Knopfler, but you'd never know it unless you read the liner notes. It's not a bad album -- it's just that nothing on it really grabs your attention. Maybe that's the point.

In any case, from it comes Why Worry, a Knopfler composition. The MP3 is taken from the vinyl album.

Why Worry

Sails has been almost constantly available since its first release and the album can easily be bought as a CD or a download. Both are reasonably priced.

Here's Chet and Steve Wariner performing the title song from Sails on a TV show. What show and the date of the performance aren't specified. Sound and picture quality is good.

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