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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.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Sidewalk Swingers - Folk Swingin' Harpsichord with 12-String Guitar

Before Glen Campbell became a top-rank country star, he was one of the most in-demand guitarists on the Los Angeles recording scene. For a while, he was associated with the group of session musicians that came to be known as The Wrecking Crew.

These musicians recorded many one-off instrumental albums for various labels including this 1964 effort for Warner Bros. under the moniker of The Sidewalk Swingers. God knows who came up with the off-the-wall idea of pairing a harpsichord with a 12-string guitar on a bunch of folk tunes old and new. It's Campbell on the 12-string of course, paired with harpsichordist Russell Bridges. Two veterans of The Wrecking Crew, drummer Hal Blaine and bassist Jimmy Bond, help things along.

The results are mixed to say the least. Personally, the peppy sound of that harpsichord tends to give me the urge to smash something after about three tracks, so listening to the whole album at once is out of the question, at least for me. Still, popping the odd track or two on your music player provides some mild amusement.

Below is The Sidewalk Swingers' take on Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind.

Blowin' in the Wind

If you really must have the entire LP (it's not available in a digital format) you can pay anywhere from $15-50 for a used copy -- or you can visit the Many Fantastic Colors blog for a download link to the whole album. The chances of this ever being available on CD or as a legal download are remote.


  1. I enjoy reading a lot and your stories are worth reading, nice blog, keep it up.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. Posting will resume in the next day or so.

  3. I just got a copy of the record in mint condition at the Goodwill Store in Moline, IL, for $1.38. I'm told Charlie Byrd sat in, uncredited, on the session--and that "Russell Bridges" (harpsichord) is Leon Russell!

  4. Thanks for the info. That's a great find. Enjoy.