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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.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Trumpet Melody (Cassette, Switzerland)

In the 1980s a raft of cheap cassettes from Switzerland invaded discount store bins in Canada, and probably in the U.S. as well. Many of these were repackaged and distributed by the Quebec-based Madacy company, which is still in business.

No artist is listed on a lot of these tapes and the origin of the recordings is unclear, other than the fact they came from Europe. It's also unclear why Switzerland was the source for these cassettes, although the reason may have had something to do with copyright and licensing laws.

Trumpet Melody is one of those uncredited cassettes. The music will appeal to those who like European trumpeters such as Nini Rosso (Il Silenzio), Eddie Calvert (Oh, Mein Papa) and Jean-Claude Borelly (Dolannes Melody).

The string accompaniment sounds electronic to me, but fortunately it's kept mostly in the background.

Ma Trompette Pleure (My Trumpet Cry)

I can't find any other reference to the sample tune, Ma Trompette Pleure, so I guess it's either an original or something that has been retitled. If you liked it you'll probably also enjoy this by Jean-Claude Borelly.

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