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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 10, 2012

The Ray Charles Orchestra - Booty Butt

Ray Charles showcased his orchestra on several LPs for his Tangerine label in the 1970s, beginning with the 1970 release My Kind of Jazz.

Well, it appears it was definitely HIS kind of jazz because none of the other musicians were credited on the original album release despite some excellent solos on jazz standards like trumpeter Lee Morgan's Sidewinder (which is on the flip side of this 45), I Remember Clifford and Bluesette.

Booty Butt, which garnered some airplay as a single and made it to No. 31 on the pop chart, is the odd track out on this album -- a Charles original with some multitracked vocal interjections by the man himself. Here's a link to listen to and/or download the track, which is taken from the original 45.

Booty Butt

None of the tracks included on the My Kind of Jazz LP appear to be available as legal downloads. However, the album's 10 tracks were tacked on to Rhino's 1997 reissue of Charles's earlier release on Impulse, Genius + Soul = Jazz. It's out of print but easily obtained through the Amazon Marketplace and other sources.

The combined albums were issued again on CD in 2009 by Concord. This version was a two-disc set that added volumes two and three of My Kind of Jazz. As a bonus, the musicians involved in the My Kind of Jazz sessions were identified.

The tenor sax work on Booty Butt is by Andy Ennis.

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