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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.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mike Melvoin - Between the Two

Keyboardist Mike Melvoin, who died last February at age 74, really had two parallel careers -- as an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles and as a first-rate jazz improviser and composer.

After he moved to L.A. in 1961, his session credits included such landmark recordings as Pet Sounds and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, That's Life by Frank Sinatra and Natalie Cole's Unforgettable. In the meantime he was also playing with West Coast jazz stalwarts like Gerald Wilson, Plas Johnson and Frank Rosolino.

Between the Two, released on Liberty in 1968, sticks pretty much to the easy listening-instrumental pop genre. And like many such instrumental LPs of the period, it was aimed more at radio DJs than the record-buying public. All of the tracks, like Alabamy Bound available from the link below, were around 2:30-3:00 minutes in length, perfect for radio airplay.

Alabamy Bound

Melvoin concentrated on jazz during the latter part of his career, releasing several excellent albums on the City Light Entertainment label. Most are available at ridiculously low prices in the Amazon Marketplace.

Between the Two, unfortunately, has never been available in a digital format.

From YouTube comes Mike Melvoin performing They Play the Blues in Kansas City. The audio is accompanied by a series of still images from a celebration of Melvoin's 50-year career at an L.A. club in December 2011, two months before his death from cancer.

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