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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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ray Anthony - House Party Hop

Trumpeter Ray Anthony was considered among the most modern of big band leaders, although his arrangements could not by any stretch be considered progressive or experimental. Still, he managed to continue into the rock 'n' roll era (his version of Peter Gunn was a sizeable hit) and he was a Las Vegas regular for many years.

In earlier years, Anthony had hits with the theme from Dragnet and Bunny Hop, a novelty dance that is thankfully not heard much anymore.

Ray Anthony's House Party Hop was the bandleader's first LP, issued first as a 10-inch album in 1951 and in 1956 as a 12-inch with four additional tunes, one of which unfortunately was Bunny Hop. However, the others tracks are mainly big band and pop standards that swing along quite nicely. Among them is a version of the Duke Ellington hit Perdido.


The House Party Hop album isn't available on CD or as a download but some of the tracks from it are available on the many CD and download compilations of Ray Anthony's recordings. Some of the downloads are of questionable quality so always audition before buying.

Here's the title tune from House Party Hop accompanied by several nice shots of the Anthony band in action.

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