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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Uncredited - Swinging Sax


Here we go with another of those no-name cassettes I'm so fond of -- and again it's from Switzerland. Swinging Sax was distributed in North America by the Quebec company Madacy and sold in K-Mart, Wal-Mart and other similar stores.

As always, there's no recording information. No release date on the cassette either. The insert claims all titles are traditional (which I doubt, but I'm no expert) so the recording company didn't have to pay any songwriter royalties.

Below is a link to a sample track, Gelatino, with sax that has echoes of Billy Vaughn or Max Greger and a rhythm section that strongly suggests Bert Kaempfert. I like the tune a lot -- that is until a female chorus starts oohing and aahing half way through. Oh, well ...

Gelatino



All 14 tracks from the Swinging Sax cassette have turned up on CD at least twice.


Happy Sax was a Swiss release (date unknown) and doesn't appear to be in print. The selections are also included in 50 Golden Sax Favorites, a three-CD set put out by our friends at Madacy. Unfortunately the set also contains about a dozen songs you probably never want to hear again (Feelings anyone?). Still when used copies can be had for less than a buck there should be enough decent tunes to keep most listeners happy.

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