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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, August 10, 2012

Ike Quebec - Bossa Nova Soul Samba

The deep-toned tenor sax of Ike Quebec was featured on a number of albums for Blue Note in the 1950s and '60s, including Boss Nova Soul Samba. Released in 1962, this album would be the final outing for Quebec, who died of cancer the following year.

Despite having "bossa nova" in the album title (no doubt an effort to cash in on the then-current bossa nova craze) this is not a traditional bossa nova LP. Think of it as a bluesy blowing session with Brazilian overtones.

Guitarist Kenny Burrell is Quebec's co-star on this album and from it comes Blue Samba, with the MP3 taken from a promo 45. The full six minutes of the album track was squeezed onto a single side of the 45, a very rare occurence for a lengthy jazz track in the 60s. Usually, the longer cuts were split into two parts -- one on each side of the single -- in an effort to gain airplay from DJs who preferred shorter cuts. About seven minutes of music would fit on each side of a seven-inch 45, but this was rarely done.

Blue Samba

Bossa Nova Soul Samba is widely available on CD and as a download. Some new and used copies of this classic album are selling for less than $5 in the Amazon Marketplace.

From YouTube comes another track from Bossa Nova Soul Samba, Loie.

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