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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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Werner Muller - Hawaiian Swing


Several posts ago you were able to listen to a version of Blue Hawaii by an anonymous orchestra that recorded a Hawaiian-themed box set for the Longines Symphonette Society. Now here's a different take on the tune by German orchestra leader Werner Muller (1920-1998).

Muller was the leader of radio dance orchestras in Berlin and Cologne and recorded prolifically for Polydor, Telefunken, London Phase 4 and other labels beginning in the late 1950s. His LPs included light classical, easy listening and dance band selections.

Hawaiian Swing was released on Phase 4 in 1963, with light dance arrangements of Hawaiian standards like Blue Hawaii. I think you'll find Muller's take on the tune to be considerably lighter in tone than the Longines Symphonette version. The selection is taken from the vinyl LP.

Blue Hawaii



Hawaiian Swing was issued on a 2-on-1 CD with Werner Muller on Broadway by the excellent U.K. label Vocalion in 2005. It's still available but it ain't cheap. Hawaiian Swing is also available as a download from iTunes and elsewhere, but I can't vouch for the quality.

Here's another selection from the album.


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