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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.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Dance Along with Russ Morgan

Trombonist Russ Morgan led a very successful sweet dance band from the 1930s through the 50s. Morgan's tag line was "Music in the Morgan Manner" and that music appealed to the same audience who thought the output of bands led by the likes of Guy Lombardo and Freddy Martin was just peachy.

Personally, I think a little of this kind of stuff goes a long way and Morgan's take on the standard Wabash Blues is one of the few tracks I find listenable on this 1960 release on the Everest label. Morgan's peak of popularity had long since passed by the time this LP came out, although he continued to play dates in Las Vegas and other similar venues.

In any case you can grab Wabash Blues from the link below. The MP3 is taken from the original LP.

Wabash Blues

Dance Along with Russ Morgan is available as both a manufactured to order CD-R and as a download, but this is another case of buyer beware. The source for both formats is vinyl and reviews on the web indicate the quality is substandard.

A much earlier version of Wabash Blues by Russ Morgan appeared in a 1936 film short directed by Adolph Zukor. It's the second of the four tunes performed by the orchestra.

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