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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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shirley Scott - Soul Sister

Almost all the organ combos of the 1950s and 60s featured saxophone and guitar -- which is what makes this 1960 session (not released by Prestige until 1966) by Shirley Scott (1934-2002) unique. Scott's main accompaniment here is the vibraphone of Lem Winchester. There's no sax, no guitar.

Five of the LP's six tracks were standards, but the one Scott original, Blues for Tyrone, is the highlight. The album cut runs just short of 10 minutes, however the MP3 below is a much shorter version that was slapped onto a 45 for DJs. It should whet your appetite sufficiently to search out the full album.

Blues for Tyrone

Used copies of the LP, which was reissued in the 1970s, turn up now and again, but a better bet is the CD version, released in 2000 as part of Prestige's Legends of Acid Jazz series. It's still available from Amazon and has the cover pictured below.

As welll as the Soul Sister LP, the CD release also has the complete 1964 album Travelin' Light plus the title track from the LP Now's the Time. A legal download version of the CD is not available.

And to top it all off, here's a wonderful YouTube video of Scott performing in San Francisco in 1996. Audio quality is very good, the video less so, not surprising considering its vintage.

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