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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, July 29, 2013

Earl Bostic - Exercise (single)

Alto saxophonist Earl Bostic (1913-1965) was an acknowledged technical master of his instrument, but he remains unappreciated by many jazz purists who only know him for his rhythm-and-blues hits of the late 1940s and early '50s, including the chart-topping Flamingo in 1951.

Yet Bostic's rough tone is often cited as a major influence on John Coltrane, who told Downbeat magazine in 1960 that Bostic "showed me a lot of things on my horn."

Although Bostic made some jazz recordings early in his career it wasn't until he switched to his R&B style of a simple melody backed by a strong beat that he found major commercial success. He recorded prolifically for King Records through the 1950s.

Exercise, a strong R&B tune, was on the flip side of his 1957 single She's Funny That Way. The MP3 is taken from the 45 and has a bit of distortion due to vinyl wear and tear.


The first appearance of Exercise on an album came in 1958 on the LP Invitation to Dance with Bostic.

Since the majority of the saxophonist's King recordings have been released on CD and/or as downloads a quick search should lead you to Exercise and any other Bostic tracks that might strike your fancy.

Here's the Bostic tune most people recognize.

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