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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, September 26, 2012

Duke Pearson - The Phantom

This 1968 Blue Note release by pianist and arranger Duke Pearson (1932-1980) is one of his best. Strangely, it's also one of his least known, perhaps partly because of its limited availability in the digital age.

This post-bop recording of Pearson's complex arrangements came after he led a big band for an extended period. The nine-member group, including the leader on piano, Jerry Dodgion on flute and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, packs quite a wallop.

Blues for Alvina is the shortest and most laid-back track on the album.

Blues for Alvina

The Phantom had a brief CD release in 2004 and the prices for the few remaining copies available will make your eyes pop. A 180-gram vinyl reissue is also available. Prices for that are north of $30. The album isn't offered as a download.

Since The Phantom is so difficult to obtain at an affordable price, here, from YouTube, is the 10-minute title track.

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