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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, November 17, 2013

The T-Bones - Everyone's Gone to the Moon (and Other Trips)

Like the Marketts before them the T-Bones who recorded for Liberty Records in the 1960s weren't an actual group but rather a collection of top Los Angeles session players. At various times these musicians included Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco on guitars, Leon Russell on piano, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson on saxes, bassist Carol Kaye and drummer Hal Blaine.

Yes, there were touring versions of the Marketts and the T-Bones, but these groups were put together after the records began selling.

The T-Bones, under producer Joe Saraceno, gained fame in 1965 with the instrumental No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In), based on an Alka-Seltzer jingle. The inevitable album followed, as did several more singles and LPs, but there were no more hits.

Everyone's Gone to the Moon (and Other Trips) in 1966 was the final T-Bones album, which included a number of vocals. Among the instrumentals was a version of Fly Me to the Moon, which was all over the radio in the '60s thanks to a hit version by pianist Joe Harnell in 1962. Lionel Bart had composed the song in 1954 under the title In Other Words, but after the tune became popular he officially changed its name.

Fly Me to the Moon

There are a couple of T-Bones CDs that are readily available, including their hit No Matter What Shape, as well as a number of tracks that can be downloaded from iTunes and other legitimate sites. But none of the material from Everyone's Gone to the Moon can be had in a digital format.

For those of you who haven't heard it recently, here's the T-Bones' big hit.

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