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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, June 19, 2013

Freddie McCoy - Beans & Greens

Vibraphonist Freddie McCoy was firmly in the soul-jazz camp in the handful of recordings he made for Prestige and Cobblestone between 1963 and 1971. McCoy disappeared from the music scene after the latter label folded and he passed away in 2009.

The LP Beans & Greens was recorded in 1967 and below you can listen to the title track Beans 'N Greens. And yes there is a difference in the spelling of the album and track titles. Note the addition of crowd noise, perhaps hoping to duplicate the success of Ramsey Lewis (The In Crowd, 1965), who recorded in a similar vein.

Beans 'N Greens

Personnel on the track besides McCoy included pianist Joanne Brackeen, Dave Blume on organ, Don Payne, bass guitar and Ray Lucas, drums. A couple of horn players and a guitarist were added on some of the other selections.

None of McCoy's recordings under his own name are available as downloads and only one album, Spider Man, has been released on CD -- and that's an expensive Japanese import.

Some of Freddie McCoy's work as a sideman with organist Johnny (Hammond) Smith is available as a download album, Jazz Essentials.

Here's another sample from the Beans & Greens album.

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