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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.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Al Nevins & His Orchestra - Dancing with the Blues

Musician Al Nevins (1915-1965) had two main claims to fame. In 1939 Nevins, whose main instrument was guitar, founded The Three Suns with his brother Morty, an accordionist, and a cousin, Artie Dunn, who played organ. The trio turned into one of the most popular instrumental combos of the 1940s and '50s. Their big hit was Twilight Time, co-written by the Nevins brothers and Buck Ram.

After Al Nevins's performing career was over he founded the publishing company Aldon Music with Don Kirshner. Some of the most important pop songwriters of the early 1960s were under contract to Aldon at one time or another, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill.

Amongst all this activity, Al Nevins found time to record several albums under his own name for RCA Victor, including a 1958 release called Dancing with the Blues. This easy listening dance band album swung along quite nicely, as you can hear if you download the sample track from the link below.

Alone with the Blues

None of Al Nevins's solo recordings appear to have been released on CD or are available as downloads. There have been umpteen reissues of Three Suns' recordings of widely varying quality.

Here's a sample, via YouTube, of another of Nevins's trio of RCA albums, this one also released in 1958.

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