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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.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tito Puente & His Orchestra - Bossa Nova by Puente

No one seemed to be immune when the bossa nova craze struck in the early 1960s, least of all the leading Latin bandleader of the day, Tito Puente (1923-2000).

Puente, who is said to have recorded more than 100 albums, gained wide fame in the early 1950s when the cha-cha and the mambo became extremely popular. In the 60s Puente expanded into big band jazz, Broadway tunes, pop music, and in the above case, bossa nova.

Bossa Nova by Puente came out in 1962 on Roulette. And of course it included a version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Desafinado, which Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd had turned into a huge hit earlier in the year.


Bossa Nova by Puente was re-released on vinyl in 1988 and on CD several years later by the Spanish label Palladium. However, neither seems to be widely available.

The album is more easily obtained via download from eMusic and others. Quality is very good judging from the samples.

From YouTube here's another track from Bossa Nova by Puente.

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