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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 24, 2012

Jimmy Rushing - Rushing Lullabies

Jazz and blues singer Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972) reached the peak of his popularity during his 15-year stint with the Count Basie band (1935-1950). But he had begun performing at clubs in California in the mid-1920s.

In 1927, Rushing joined Walter Page's Blue Devils. Two years later, he went with Bennie Moten's band. When Moten died in 1935, Basie took over the orchestra.

By the time Rushing Lullabies came out on Columbia in 1960, the singer was in his mid-50s but still at the top of his game. The backing group on the album couldn't have been better -- pianist Ray Bryant, organist Sir Charles Thompson, saxophonist Buddy Tate, guitarist Skeeter Best, bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Jo Jones. Here's a sample, taken from a cassette copy of the album.

'Deed I Do

Rushing Lullabies has received at least three releases on CD -- as a single album in 1996, paired with the 1959 LP Little Jimmy Rushing and the Big Brass a year later and another pairing with Brubeck and Rushing (with the Dave Brubeck Quartet) in 2010. Copies of all are available. Rushing Lullabies can also be purchased as a download. Visit Amazon for all the details.

Via YouTube, here's another selection from Rushing Lullabies.

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