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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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Al Caiola - Flamenco Love (single)

Guitarist Al Caiola is mainly remembered today for two hit recordings of western themes -- The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bonanza (1961). Both were released by United Artists, for whom Caiola recorded prolifically throughout the '60s.

By the time he signed with United Artists Caiola had already established himself as one of the top session guitarists in New York, playing on an incredible number of hit recordings. Among them were Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes by Perry Como, Moments to Remember by the Four Lads and Diana by Paul Anka.

As well Caiola recorded under his own name on RCA Victor, Savoy, Roulette, Atco and several other labels before going with United Artists.

Flamenco Love (b/w From the Heart) came out on the Regent label in 1956. It was released on London in the U.K. and Canada. Strangely the Canadian release is the only one to identify the whistler, Dick Kuhn. If you can find it check out Kuhn's excellent 1956 single on Mercury, Whistling the Blues/My Whistling Heart. Anyways, here's Flamenco Love, direct from the 45.

Flamenco Love

Both Flamenco Love and From the Heart are now available on CD as part of The Caiola Bonanza, a just-released two-CD set from the British-based Jasmine label. This is one of the best quality compilations of Caiola's United Artists material, but also includes rare recordings made for the RCA Victor, Regent and Preferred labels. You can buy it direct from the company or from most of the major online sellers. The set is also available as a download.

A different side of Al Caiola is highlighted in this YouTube selection, Sweet Georgia Brown. From left to right, Michele Ramo, violin; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar; Al Caiola, guitar; and Jerry Bruno, bass. The setting for this concert is not identified but the video was posted in 2007.

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