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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 21, 2013

Tony Pastor & His Orchestra - Two-Fer (track)

I don't know why I always thought of Tony Pastor as a leader whose orchestra was akin to that of Guy Lombardo. That's certainly not the case. He played swing tenor and sang with a number of bands, including that of Artie Shaw, before forming his own outfit in 1939. It lasted for 20 years so he must have been doing something right.

It's true the Pastor band had a number of pop confections in its repertoire, including the first recordings by the Clooney Sisters, Rosemary and Betty, in the late 1940s. But the band could really swing too, as evidenced by something called Two-Fer. I took this selection from a five-LP set issued by the budget label Parliament sometime in the 1960s. Of course there's the usual hissy sound from the cheap vinyl used by these labels, but the quality of the recording itself is pretty decent.

This track apparently comes from the vaults of Roulette Records, which issued it on this 1958 LP.


Two-Fer is among a plethora of selections by the Pastor Orchestra available on CD and as downloads. On CD Two-Fer is on the 2011 release Let's Do It, along with 23 other selections by a late 1950s edition of Pastor's band.

As a download Two-Fer is on the album The Best of Tony Pastor & His Orchestra, obtainable from most of the major sources.

Here's a rare look at a later version of the Pastor orchestra, in colour yet. Sound and video quality is above average for this vintage.

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