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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.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Uncredited - 18 Golden Piano Hits 1 (2nd post)

This collection of easy listening-cocktail piano favourites, issued in 1992 by Point Productions of The Netherlands, was first spotlighted in a blog post in September 2012. You can read the scant details and background of this album there.

The good: a capable pianist backed by a real orchestra. The bad: no one outside of the album insert designer is credited.

From 18 Golden Piano Hits 1 comes I'll Remember April, a popular standard composed by Gene de Paul, with lyrics by Patricia Johnstone and Don Raye, for, of all things, a 1942 Abbot and Costello comedy, Ride 'Em Cowboy. It was sung in the film by western star Dick Foran but has since been recorded by countless jazz and pop artists.

The version on 18 Golden Piano Hits is very similar to the style of British pianist Ronnie Aldrich, who recorded numerous albums for the London Phase 4 label in the 1960s and '70s.

I'll Remember April

From YouTube here's a vintage performance of I'll Remember April by saxophonist Lucky Thompson. No date or venue is given.

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