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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 13, 2012

Tommy Tedesco - Carnival Time

Tommy Tedesco was billed as the most recorded guitarist in history and he certainly seemed to live up to his reputation with his thousands of sessions in almost every conceivable style of music.

He was a member of the group of Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, which also included keyboardist Leon Russell, bassist Carole Kaye and drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer.

I first became aware of Tedesco as the lead guitarist on some of the early releases in producer Tommy Garrett's 50 Guitars series. He was also, I learned later, front and centre on recordings by The Marketts, whose Surfer's Stomp was a Top 40 hit in 1962. But his list of pop and rock credits was seeminly endless, and included the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, The Monkees and the Partridge Family.

Tedesco was also active in the TV and movie soundtrack scene, lending his guitar to such series as The Mickey Mouse Club, Bonanza and The Twilight Zone.

Jazz became Tedesco's primary focus beginning in 1978, and there were half a dozen albums over the next five years, including Carnival Time, a live set by his trio released in 1983. The link to the title track is below. The MP3 is from a cassette version of the album.

Carnival Time

Jimmy Bruno and Jon Kurnick were the other guitarists in the Tommy Tedesco Trio for Carnival Time, with Bruno composing the title tune.

All of Tedesco's jazz albums are out of print, with Fine Fretted Friend, his final offering released in 1992 (Tedesco died, age 67, of lung cancer in 1997), the easiest to obtain on CD at a reasonable price. Only his 1986 album Hollywood Gypsy is available as a download.

Here's Tommy Tedesco playing a wonderful solo version of Nature Boy at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Uploaded to YouTube by Tedesco's son, Denny.

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