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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, February 27, 2013

Luther Randolph & Johnny Stiles - Cross Roads (single)

Luther Randolph and Johnny Stiles were two-thirds of the trio (Weldon McDougal III was the other) behind the Philadelphia soul label Harthon in the 1960s. The label put out some great singles by Barbara Mason, Herb Ward and others.

Randolph, who played organ, and Stiles, a guitarist, also released at least three singles under their own names, including the two-part Cross Roads, issued on Harthon in 1960 and later picked up for national distribution by the leading Philadelphia label of the period, Cameo/Parkway. The Cameo 45 was re-released in 1963 when it bubbled under Billboard's Hot 100 (July-August), but never actually made the chart itself.

Cross Roads is a slice of funky soul-jazz with just organ, guitar and drums. You can grab it from the link below. For the MP3, taken from the Cameo 45, I edited the two parts together for a 4 1/2-minute jam.

Cross Roads (Parts 1 & 2) 

As far as I know Cross Roads has never made an appearance in a digital format. And it doesn't seem to have turned up on LP either. However, the 45 did appear with a rather odd picture sleeve when it was released in The Netherlands.

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