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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, September 17, 2012

Francisco Montaro Ensemble - Ballroom Dancing, Vol. 4: Swing

Fans of strict tempo dance music could do worse than pick up some of the Ballroom Dancing series of CDs and cassettes put out by the Francisco Montaro Ensemble in the 1990s. There were at least half a dozen albums in the series and all of them frequently reside at your neighbourhood thrift stores.

Swing is Volume 4 and was originally released in Europe by the budget Tring label in 1993 with a different title and cover.

It was released by the Quebec label Madacy in 1994 with a revised title and the cover pictured  at the top of this post. This version was widely distributed in Canada and the U.S.

Was (or is) the Francisco Montaro Ensemble a real, working orchestra? The chances seem pretty slim. Although there are a few real instruments involved in the recording, much of it is electronically generated. Still, the sound is miles ahead of the dozens of similar albums out there. Here's a sample from Ballroom Dancing, Vol. 4: Swing.

All My Loving

You should have no trouble locating any of the Montaro Ensemble albums. If the thrift stores don't have them, cheap used copies are plentiful online. Some Montaro recordings, including the Swing album, are available as downloads.

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