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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.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

David Roach - I Love Sax

Yeah, I know what you're thinking -- another cheap album of makeout music. God knows these albums are all over the internet and usually have a soloist backed up by the scream-inducing sound of somebody fiddling with a bunch of computer-generated backing instruments.

I Love Sax is a big step above the pack, with saxophonist David Roach fronting a group of real live musicians, including one of my favorite British session guitarists, Paul Keogh. This 1983 release was marketed on British TV. My copy is vinyl and there doesn't appear to have been a CD version.

Granted the selections are mostly the warhorses of this type of production -- Killing Me Softly, Just the Way You Are, My Way, etc. The only real surprise is a cover of Don Gibson's 1961 country hit Sea of Heartbreak.

Roach's background is mostly in classical music and he has been a member of the Michael Nyman Band since 1985. The saxophonist released a single, Emotional Jungle, in 1984, the same year I Love Sax graced the British albums chart. Below is a link to a sample track from the LP.

When I Need You

From YouTube, here's Roach's Emotional Jungle single, which sounds like it could have fit into both dance and smooth jazz formats when it was released.

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