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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, October 13, 2013

Floyd Cramer - Night Train

Night Train, a 1967 release on RCA's budget Camden imprint, gathered some early to mid-1960s recordings by Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer (1933-1997). Most had not appeared on LP previously and most are not available on CD or as downloads, although a few, such as Woodchopper's Ball and Night Train, turned up on a 1988 CD on the Pair label, Country Classics.

It has been out of print for years but used copies are fairly easy to find online as are vinyl copies of Night Train.

The LP is well worth picking up for tracks like Town Square, a jaunty little tune by fellow Nashville pianist Jerry Smith. It had appeared in 1965 as the "B" side of the single Long Walk Home. Both tracks had been recorded at the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville in January of that year, with Chet Atkins producing.

Town Square

Town Square has an almost honky-tonk feel to it, which isn't surprising since composer Jerry Smith played in a pop-flavored version of the honky-tonk style on his recordings. As a matter of fact so did Cramer on early recordings (1957) he made for MGM. There was none of that smooth countrypolitan sound that characterized most of his RCA discs.

Here's the title tune from the Night Train LP.

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