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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 08, 2012

Joe Houston - Kicking Back


Joe Houston was one of those honking tenor sax guys who dominated rhythm-and-blues and early rock 'n' roll before the guitar became the favoured instrument.

A contemporary of such honkers and screamers as Big Jay McNeely, Rusty Bryant (before his jazz days) and Illinois Jacquet, Houston made his most exciting sides for the ultra-cheap Los Angeles-based Crown label. This material was endlessly repackaged, including albums to take advantage of the twist and surfing music crazes. Songs were often retitled as well, making it easy to buy the same material two or three times. Most of these 1950s recordings are available as downloads, sometimes with their original song titles and sometimes not. Use caution when purchasing.

Kicking Back is from relatively late in Houston's career. It was issued in 1978 by Big Town Records and unfortunately (for my tastes, at least) bears some trademarks of the disco era. Still it's an enoyable recording, as you can hear on Why Don't You Rock Me. The MP3 is taken from the vinyl LP.

Why Don't You Rock Me

Kicking Back was never released on CD to my knowledge but it is available as a download from iTunes, and probably other sources as well.

Here's a further sample from the album, courtesy of YouTube.


Joe Houston continued performing into the new millennium until suffering a stroke in 2005. He made a brief reappearance but has since retired from music.

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