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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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dino, Desi & Billy - Desi's Drums (track)

The pre-bubblegum pop trio of Dino, Desi & Billy got into the Top 30 twice in 1965 (I'm a Fool and Not the Lovin' Kind) on very little talent and lots of connections. Dino was the son of Dean Martin and Desi the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. Billy Hinsche completed the trio, who had just entered their teens when they began recording for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label.

All three supposedly played instruments, but almost without exception the band on their recordings was made up of top Los Angeles session men like guitarist James Burton, pianist Don Randi and drummer Hal Blaine. Notice I said "almost without exception." Desi, the "drummer" of the group, apparently did the honours on Desi's Drums, which I believe is the group's only instrumental and appeared on their second album, Our Time's Coming (1966). When you hear it, you'll realize why producer Lee Hazelwood chose to use Blaine on the rest of the tracks. Burton does his best to cover the holes with some hot guitar licks, but it's all for naught. The kindest way to describe this would be chaotic but energetic. For diehard instrumental collectors and Dino, Desi & Billy fans only.

Desi's Drums

Dino, Desi & Billy never entered the Top 40 again after 1965 and their career was finished by the end of the decade.

For those of you who must have some of their bland vocal pop the Collectables label combined Our Time's Coming with the trio's first album I'm a Fool on a single CD in 2005. It's still available, as is a download version.

Here's a sample of what you'll hear if you buy this album.

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