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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, July 23, 2012

Esquivel - Other Worlds, Other Sounds

Quirky doesn't begin to describe the arrangements of Mexican orchestra leader Juan Garcia Esquivel (1918-2002). His use of exotic percussion and wordless vocals in the late 1950s and into the following decade made him the king of what later came to be known as bachelor pad or lounge music.

There was renewed interest in Esquivel when the lounge music revival began in the early 1990s, but he was never more than a cult figure whose off-the-wall musical ideas never really caught fire with a mass audience.

Still, his recordings are never less than interesting. Check out his imaginative stereo experiment on Begin the Beguine, from his ground-breaking 1958 LP Other Worlds, Other Sounds.

Begin the Beguine

Other Worlds, Other Sounds had a brief CD release in 1997 on the Bar None label. It was paired with the more straight-forward Four Corners of the World. This 2-on-1 CD is long out of print and super expensive on the collectors market, as are copies of the original RCA Victor LP.

However, a company called Master Classics has now reissued this 1997 release as a manufactured on demand CD-R or as a download. The source of this release is unclear, but I suspect it may be copied from the Bar None CD and is only being made available because it's out of copyright under European law. In any case, it's available from Amazon. Probably best to check the quality of this reissue before purchase if you can.

From YouTube, here's a second sample of Other Worlds, Other Sounds, Poinciana.

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