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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, September 22, 2012

Illinois Jacquet - Bottoms Up

Illinois Jacquet (1922-2004) is one of jazz's great saxophonists and his fiery tenor solo on Lionel Hampton's Flying Home in 1942 directly influenced such R&B honkers and shouters as Big Jay McNeely, Joe Houston, Rusty Bryant and Red Prysock.

Bottoms Up, the title track from a 1968 Jacquet album on Prestige, had been in the sax man's repertoire for more than two decades, making its first appearance in 1946 on an Apollo label 78. The track had been recorded in Los Angeles the previous year.

Although the jazz world was continuing to evolve around Jacquet in 1968 (avant-garde jazz was starting to have considerable influence), his own playing had changed little over the years, as you can hear in the updated version of Bottoms Up from the Prestige LP. The MP3 is actually taken from a DJ 45 single, which, since the tune is quite short, contained the full album track.

Bottoms Up

The Bottoms Up Prestige album is widely available on both CD (used copies are cheap) and as a download. Do yourself a favour: add this one to your collection.

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