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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.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Marjorie Meinert - Vive La Difference

I've got to tell you I'm generally not a fan of the airy, fruity sound of the Lowery organ. Give me a robust Hammond B3 any day.

But this 1960 release by Marjorie Meinert, playing a Lowery, is a mildly pleasant surprise that swings along quite nicely on some of the tracks. The guitar player (not identified) gets in some groovy licks as well, which helps move things along.

According to a blurb in the Jan. 18, 1960, issue of Billboard: "RCA Victor is putting a strong promotional push behind organist Marjorie Meinert whose first package for the label is Vive La Difference, a collection of French songs. Album is the first of five scheduled for release in 1960. Diskery intends a saturation campaign in press, point of sale, deejay level, etc." Here's a print ad for that campaign:

Below is a link to a sample track from Vive La Difference.

April in Paris

A handful of Marjorie Meinert tracks, not including the Vive La Difference LP are available for download. These may be sourced from vinyl. None of her work appears to have surfaced on CD.

Meinert, a native of Davenport, Iowa, died in 2009 at age 88. Click here for a biography.

Here's a second track from Vive La Difference.

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