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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.

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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 15, 2013

The Mark II - Confusion (single)

The Mark II was a collaboration between two musicians from Warwick, R.I., Wayne Cogswell and Ray Peterson. This Ray Peterson is not the one who recorded the 1960 hit Tell Laura I Love Her.

Cogswell was a session guitarist at Sun Records and also made inroads in Nashville, writing songs for Chet Atkins (Teensville) and Skeeter Davis (Someday, Someday). In 1960 Cogswell decided to move back home to Warwick and it was there he hooked up with Peterson.

The two decided to form a record label, Wye Records, and for their first release chose to record their composition Night Theme, which became a solid national hit. According to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame the two adopted a rather unusual technique of four-handed piano, with Cogswell at the bottom on bass and chords and Peterson at the top playing unison or harmonized melody.

(Read more about Wye Records and the Mark II at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Archives.)

Unfortunately when it came time to record a "B" side for the single Peterson wasn't available because he'd injured a finger and Freddie Starks was called to fill in. The flip side of Night Theme was Confusion, another Cogswell-Peterson tune. Other musicians on the date were George Azevedo on sax, Bob Petteruti on bass, drummer Jack Welch and Kenny Bertch on vibes. Grab the tune from the link below.


There were no more hits for Wye Records after Night Theme and the label packed it in after a dozen or so single releases. The company did not release any albums.

From YouTube here's the Mark II's one and only hit.

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