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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 16, 2012

Quincy Jones - Quincy's Got a Brand New Bag

In the 1960s, many jazz musicians put out albums of pop and R&B covers in an effort to get more airplay (in some cases any airplay at all).

Quincy Jones was no exception and in 1965 he gathered the cream of Los Angeles session players to record Quincy's Got a Brand New Bag, a collection of a dozen short, radio-friendly tracks. Bassist Carole Kaye, guitarist Rene Hall and saxophonist Jackie Kelso were some of the studio stalwarts on the date, along with big band veterans like trumpeters Joe Newman and Bobby Bryant and trombonist Urbie Green. Ray Charles played piano on some tracks.

James Brown, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye were among the artists whose hits were given the big band treatment. The leadoff track was Gaye's most recent chart record, Ain't That Peculiar. The MP3 is taken from vinyl.

Ain't That Peculiar

Best bet on getting Quincy's Got a Brand New Bag in a digital format is to opt for the download, which is easily obtained. The only CD version is an ultra-expensive Japanese import. Used vinyl copies also tend to be pricey.

Here's a rare Quincy Jones 45 from 1962, via YouTube. Slob't is a tarted up version of St. Louis Blues.

The "A" side of this record (the song Mercury Records wanted DJs to play) was something called Twistin' Chicken. I probably don't need to tell you that neither side was a hit.

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