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, May 03, 2013

Nilo Lopes and His Copacabana Orchestra - Product of Brazil-Bossa Nova


From 1943 until the late 1960s, the Seeco record label promised "The Finest in Latin American Music." The company, for the most part, lived up to that promise, with a roster that included Celia Cruz, Vicentico Valdez and Noro Morales.

Seeco also diversified into jazz and cabaret music, releasing recordings by Cy Coleman, Eartha Kitt and pianist Jose Melis, who served as music director for the Tonight Show when it was hosted by Jack Paar.

Product of Brazil - Bossa Nova came relatively late in the life of Seeco Records, coming out in 1963. The LP cover states "Recorded in Brazil" and there's no reason to doubt that claim. The company was known for the authenticity of its recordings, with representatives travelling throughout Latin America to record its artists.

Whether Nilo Lopes is a real person is another matter. There is no other reference to him in connection with Brazilian music other than this album. Nonetheless it's a pleasant listen overall, although the string section tends to be a bit strong in some places. There's a sample track below.

Creo Que Si



Many titles from the Seeco library have been available on CD and as downloads, although a lot of them appear to have come from dubious sources, i.e., someone's record collection. However, Product of Brazil - Bossa Nova has not so far made it into a digital format.

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