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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, January 03, 2013

Charles Dant & His Orchestra - Chimes of Hawaii (single)

Here's a slice of vintage Hawaiian music from 1958, courtesy of Charles Dant and His Orchestra. This 45 (Swing Hula was on the flip) was taken from the album The Isle of Enchantment.

Although Dant was not Hawaiian (he was born in Indiana), he had a long association with the islands and would move there later in life. He died in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, in 1999 at age 92.

In the 1960s, Dant, who was often billed as Charles (Bud) Dant, was West Coast A&R head for Decca Records and produced the Irish Rovers' chart-topping hit The Unicorn. He also produced many of the LPs released by Pete Fountain in the '60s.

Here then is a link to Chimes of Hawaii, with the MP3 taken from the 45 single.

Chimes of Hawaii

Dant recorded relatively few titles under his own name and only two of them have made the transition to the digital age. The Golden West, an early album for Decca, and Hawaii's Latest and Greatest, an album Dant recorded in 1980 while living in the 50th state, are both available as downloads.

For The Isle of Enchantment, you'll have to hope to stumble across a used LP somewhere.


  1. I have this record the isle of enchantment record is it worth anything?

  2. Unless both the record and the cover are in excellent shape (that is no scratches or scuffs on the vinyl and the cover is free of rips, tears and soiling or marking of any kind), I'd say probably not. Good music, though.