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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, November 06, 2013

Cal Collins - Blues on My Mind

An early recording by Cincinnati guitarist Cal Collins was in the spotlight a while back. This time it's one of his better known LPs for Concord Jazz.

Like most of his fine recordings for the label, 1979's Blues on My Mind has not been released on CD or as a legal download. Collins is accompanied by pianist Larry Vuckovich, bassist Bob Maize and drummer Jeff Hamilton. The one non-standard on the album is the title tune, which Collins wrote himself.

Blues on My Mind

The only one of Cal Collins's Concord releases that appears to be easy to get hold of is Ohio Style (1990). Also available is his final album, S'Us Four: Jazz Guitar Cincinnati Style, released by J-Curve Records in 1998.

All his Concord LPs are worth searching for in the used record store bins.

To close, here's Cal Collins introduced by Benny Goodman at a 1976 concert in Warsaw, Poland. You could easily skip the first 40 seconds. It's just Goodman looking smug as the audience applauds.

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