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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.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mel Davis Orchestra - Gonna Build a Mountain (track)

In 1992 Bainbridge Records released Brass Menagerie: Big Band Brass of the Sixties, a selection of tracks from the catalogue of Time Records. Bainbridge re-released much of the output of Time, a label that was much favoured by stereophiles in the 1960s.

Brass Menagerie included tracks from the orchestras of Jerry Fielding, Jim Tyler, Hugo Montenegro and Mel Davis. One of the selections from the Davis band was Gonna Build a Mountain, from the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Davis, a trumpeter who spent much of his working life in New York recording studios, had included the song on his 1963 Time album We Like Broadway.

Grab Mel Davis's Gonna Build a Mountain from the link below. The MP3 is sourced from a cassette version of Brass Menagerie.

Gonna Build a Mountain

Brass Menagerie appears to be available on CD from a few sources, including the iOldies Music Store. The album is also available as a download from most of the major sources.

Mel Davis accompanied Benny Goodman on a 1957 trip to Japan and here's a wonderful YouTube video of  Air Mail Special from that tour. Cue in about 1:05 to bypass the lengthy drum solo that opens the clip if you prefer. Davis is up front beside Goodman.

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