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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.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

First Brass

The British-based First Brass ensemble released its self-titled album in 1986 on MA Music in Europe and A&M in North America. The group was the brainchild of trumpeter and composer Allan Botschinsky and producer Marion Kaempfert, the daughter of orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert. British trumpeter Derek Watkins and Dutch brothers Bart (trombone) and Erik Van Lier (trombone and tuba) completed First Brass

It's difficult to pigeonhole this group's music. It's not exactly jazz, although there are certainly jazz elements, and it's closer to that genre than to any other. Surprisingly most of the music is delightfully accessible, such as Kubismus 502. "Kubismus" is the German word for cubism and "502" refers to the length of the selection. Trumpeter Watkins is featured.

Kubismus 502

This was the only release by First Brass, although Botschinsky and Kaempfert's MA Music label released 15 more albums that featured such artists as Lee Konitz and Gary Burton. The First Brass album is available on CD at the MA Music website. It does not appear to have been made available as a download.

Here's another track from the album.

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