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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, March 01, 2013

Samuel Altonn - Guitar Boogie

What can I tell you about this album? Not much, I'm afraid, except that it's a first-rate album of rockin' guitar instrumentals. The selections range from big band standards (In the Mood) to R&B (I'm Walkin') to the U.K.'s Shadows (Shadoogie).

The album was issued in France, probably in the mid to late 1960s, under the name of Samuel Altonn and his orchestra. Whether Samuel Altonn actually exists is uncertain. There's no mention of him on the web other than this album and the LP cover shot looks suspiciously like a decapitated Chuck Berry. Still, the album was also released under another title with this cover, so maybe Altonn exists after all.

Among the songs on the album is something called Hamp's Boogie. The correct title is Hamp's Boogie Woogie, which Lionel Hampton recorded and had a hit with in 1944. Grab Samuel Altonn's version from the link below. The MP3 is from a cassette release of the album.

Hamp's Boogie

Altonn's LP hasn't been released in a digital format, but vinyl copies turn up from time to time at fairly reasonable prices on European auction sites. However, the postage to the U.S. and Canada more than doubles the price.

 From YouTube here's Lionel Hampton's recording of Hamp's Boogie Woogie.

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