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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.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Roy Budd - Diamonds (soundtrack)

Gotta love those soundtracks for 1970s heist and private eye films -- lots of funk and jazz to accompany the action (or to try to maintain interest when the action is lacking).

British composer Roy Budd turned in a gem for Diamonds, a 1975 production shot in Israel. Robert Shaw plays dual roles and Richard (Shaft) Roundtree is along for the ride. Soul group The Three Degrees sing three selections, including the title theme.

Budd's score, which had a very limited release on LP in the United Kingdom and Italy, is full of jazzy grooves, including the boss-novaish Beauty and the Bass, which you can listen to and download from the link below.

Beauty and the Bass

The Diamonds soundtrack was reissued in 1999 on both LP (with a gatefold cover) and CD by the Cinephile label with this cover:

Copies of the CD version are easily available at a reasonable price. But an even better bet may be a 2011 release from Silva Screen which pairs Diamonds with another Roy Budd soundtrack -- The Stone Killer, a Charles Bronson film.

Soundtracks of both films are also available as downloads.

Here's another sampling of the Diamonds soundtrack, Thief on the Prowl, from YouTube:

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