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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 20, 2012

Gene Ammons' All Stars - The Big Sound

A session by tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons (1925-1974) at engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Hackensack, N.J., on Jan. 3, 1958, resulted in two complete albums -- The Big Sound and Groove Blues, both of which are available almost everywhere on CD and as downloads.

Flutist Jerome Richardson, along with pianist Mal Waldron, bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor, are on all four selections on The Big Sound. Richardson sits out one of the four tunes on Groove Blues and there are guest appearances on both albums by John Coltrane (alto sax), Paul Quinichette (tenor) and Pepper Adams (baritone). All eight selections are lengthy (the shortest runs 8½ minutes), with Ammons's own composition Blue Hymn, from The Big Sound, clocking in at just under 13 minutes.

Blue Hymn

From YouTube, here's Gene Ammons from 1962 with Pagan Love Song, obviously issued as a single and also on his album Bad Bossa Nova. The sound is much too clean to have actually been taken from the 45. It's also in stereo.

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