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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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bob Bain's All Stars - Black Beauty

Bob Bain was Henry Mancini's guitarist of choice during the 1950s and 60s, appearing on the Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky and Pink Panther soundtracks. Bain and his legendary modified 1953 Telecaster were profiled in the May 2012 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine.

Bain and Tommy Tedesco were the busiest guitarists on the Los Angeles session scene and neither had much time for a solo career. Bain recorded a few albums and EPs for Capitol, as well as some singles for various labels, but mostly he stayed in the studios.

This obscure single, one of at least two recorded for the Montclare label, probably dates from the early '60s. It's a showcase for another Mancini veteran, tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson. The label photo was originally published in the excellent Office Naps blog, which features obscure 45s, in 2006. The MP3 comes from the 45.

Black Beauty

To my knowledge Black Beauty has never turned up on a CD compilation (more's the pity) and it isn't available as a legal download. Copies of the single turn up occasionally on the auction sites.

If there's one Bob Bain album you should pickup it's his Rockin', Rollin', Strollin', released by Capitol in 1958. Here's a video sample:

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