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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rune Gustafsson - Rune at the Top

Swedish guitarist Rune Gustafsson, who died on June 12 at age 78, didn't limit himself to the world of jazz. He also composed film soundtracks, including for the 1992 Ingmar Bergmann release Sunday's Children.

Gustafsson was not well known in North America, although he recorded twice with saxophonist Zoot Sims -- The Sweetest Sounds, which came out under Gustafsson's name in 1980, and In a Sentimental Mood, which was Sims last album, released in 1984.

An early effort released in the U.S. in 1969 was Rune at the Top, but this collection of jazzed-up pop tunes received little notice. It's well worth a listen though, as you can hear on Wichita Lineman, available from the link below.

Wichita Lineman

Rune at the Top has not made the transition to the digital age, so your only legitimate source is used vinyl. Some of the prices are extravagant, but here's one that's not.

A few of Gustafsson's recordings are available as downloads. You can check here to see if there's anything that strikes your fancy. A couple of CDs are also still in print. They're available from Amazon at import prices.

Here's a black-and-white video of the Jan Johansson/Rune Gustafsson Quartet playing Night In Tunisia. No date is specified but it's likely from the early 1960s.

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