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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.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Lock the Fox

Tough-toned tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis spent several periods with the Count Basie Orchestra, including 1964-1973. He continued to record under his own name during this time, including several releases for RCA Victor. Lock the Fox, a small group effort, came out in 1966 and was followed in '67 by The Fox and the Hounds, a big band recording.

On Lock the Fox, Davis is accompanied by guitarist Les Spann, pianist Russ Tompkins, Ray Barretto on conga, bassist Russell George and drummer Chuck Lampkin. All of the tunes are relatively short (designed for radio airplay presumably) and dominated by Davis. Although the version of Henry Mancini's Days of Wine and Roses ran only 3:21 on the LP, incredibly the tune was shortened by a further 25 seconds when it was issued on a 45 (backed with Speak Low) for DJ use.

To give you a taste of what's on the album the 45 edit is available from the link below.

Days of Wine and Roses

Lock the Fox has been issued at least twice on CD -- as a standalone disc from the high-quality Spanish label Fresh Sound and as a two-on-one package with The Fox and the Hounds from the U.S. Collectables label. The latter disc can be had quite cheaply from several sources.

To close here's Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with the Count Basie orchestra from a concert in Berlin in 1968.

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