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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.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet

Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet: That's not exactly a moniker that conjures up images of funk. But that's exactly what you get in this 1968 Verve release from vibraphonist Jackson and the four strings -- bassist Ron Carter, along with Sanford Allen on violin, Alfred Brown, viola and either Sidney Edwards, Ronald Lipscomb or Kermit Moore on cello. Granted the funk is on the easy side, but still...

Bags with Strings features a fine drum intro by Grady Tate. The MP3 is taken from the original vinyl LP.

Bags with Strings

The only digital release for this album came on an expensive Japanese CD, which is now out of print and seems to command about $80. Used vinyl copies start north of $20 online.

Below is a sample of Milt Jackson with a much larger string aggregation on a later release for Pablo.

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