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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.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Xavier Cugat - Say Si! Si!

Cuban-born bandleader Xavier Cugat (1900-1990) did more than anyone else to establish the popularity of Latin dance music, particularly the rumba, in the U.S. during the 1930s and 40s.

Cugat continued to be a popular live (particularly in Las Vegas) and recording artist long after the commercial peak of Latin dance music had passed. In the 1950s, he was recording for RCA Victor and from his catalogue for that company the budget label Pair put together a compilation called Say Si! Si! in 1994. This long out-of-print release was issued in all three formats -- vinyl, cassette and CD.

Among the recordings on Say Si! Si! was Granada, which first appeared on a 1959 RCA release, Cugat in Spain.

You can get Granada from the link below. The MP3 is taken from the cassette release of Say Si! Si!.


Say Si! Si! is available on CD for next to nothing (how does 10 or 11 cents sound?) in the Amazon Marketplace. Cugat's RCA recordings have been repackaged numerous times on CD and many of them are available as downloads. Check the usual sources.

Below is a rather odd Cugat novelty, Gesundheit, issued on an RCA Victor 45 in 1958 (Billy's Cha Cha was on the flip side).

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