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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, February 22, 2013

Charlie Spivak - Autumn Nocturne (track)

Trumpeter Charlie Spivak (1907-1982) led one of the most popular dance bands of the early 1940s and managed to keep a band together until 1959, long after most other bandleaders had called it quits.

Spivak's orchestra wasn't a jazz big band, even though he came up through the jazz ranks and spent much of his life around jazz musicians. This was strictly a dance aggregation.

Spivak made many of his best records for the Okeh and Columbia labels in the 40s, including Autumn Nocturne, recorded in 1941. I've taken the MP3 of this tune from a 1972 Columbia double-LP set called Big Bands Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.

Although the recording is clean, it's marred by some totally unnecessary, echo-laden fake stereo. Still it'll give you some idea of how good this smooth dance orchestra was. The link is below.

Autumn Nocturne

Spivak's output for Okeh and Columbia is highlighted on a 24-track, 77-minute collection on the Collectables label. Presumably this CD does not have the added fake stereo effects.

You can buy it direct from the distributor's website,, for about half the $14.98 list price.

Many of Spivak's Okeh and Columbia sides, including Autumn Nocturne, are also available as downloads from various sites.

Here's another one of his Columbia recordings, accompanied by some spiffy visuals.

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