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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sonny Stitt - Stardust


On the 1966 date that resulted in the album Stardust, saxophonist Sonny Stitt (see previous posts HERE and HERE) became the first musician to play the Varitone, an electronically amplified sax that allowed him to play octaves and change the sound of the instrument if he so desired. Stitt continued spotlighting the Varitone for the next five years or so. Not one of the music world's great ideas according to the critics and judging by the contents of this LP.

Despite the presence of stalwarts like Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax), J.J. Johnson (trombone) and Ellis Larkins (piano), the results were decidedly mixed. Below is a link to What's New from the album.

What's New



This album has not been released on CD and there's no sign of it being available as a legal download. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Stardust to appear in either format.

Here's another -- and far superior -- version of What's New by Stitt, this time in the company of organist Don Patterson.

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