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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, November 29, 2013

Louis Bellson, Ray Brown & Paul Smith - Intensive Care


Like Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson is usually thought of as a bombastic drummer. But on the trio outing Intensive Care with bassist Ray Brown and pianist Paul Smith, Bellson is definitely more laid back than usual.

That's not to say the album is boring. Far from it. Ballads alternate with more up-tempo offerings on this collection of standards recorded in 1978.

The album first saw the light of day as a direct-to-disc LP issued by Discwasher in '78, with the cover art pictured above. There were several reissues, including one a decade later on the Voss label -- on both CD and cassette.


As you can see the cover art is much more pedestrian, but rest assured the music is still great. The sample track is taken from a cassette version of the album.

On a Clear Day



Although all releases of Intensive Care are out of print, used copies of the Voss CD can be had very cheaply on Amazon -- and probably elsewhere. The album hasn't been made available as a download.

Here's some early Louis Bellson in a quintet setting. These two tracks originally appeared on a 1954 Norgran LP, Louis Bellson and His Drums. It was reissued on Verve in 1957 as Concerto for Drums.

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