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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.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Houston Person - Close to You (single)

Like his main influence Gene Ammons, tenor saxophonist Houston Person has often found himself recording as part of an organ combo. He's accumulated an extensive catalogue of releases since he began recording in the 1960s. A good chunk of it, particularly his later albums for Muse and High Note, is available in digital formats.

The Close to You single (the "A" side was Son of Man) was taken from a 1970 Prestige album Person to Person!, recorded by a combo that included guitarist Grant Green and organist Sonny Phillips.

I'm not sure whether the single was sold commercially, since the only copies I've seen have been labelled or stamped as DJ promos. In any case the 45 version of Close to You runs less than half the length of the album cut, which is over five minutes. Below is a link to the single edit that was shipped to radio stations.

Close to You

Person to Person! and another 1970 release Houston Express were combined on a 1996 CD release, Legends of Acid Jazz.

It's out of print but is still available in the Amazon Marketplace. Unfortunately, it carries a rather hefty price tag.

None of Houston Person's recordings for Prestige in the 1960s and '70s appear to have been made available via downloads.

Here's a wonderful Person performance from a date at the Iridium in New York City in January 2012. Excellent audio and video quality.

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