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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.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Woody Herman - Sound of Jazz

Sound of Jazz is a cheap, but surprisingly good quality, European CD reissue (1996) of a Woody Herman small group session recorded for Lionel Hampton's Who's Who in Jazz label in the late 1970s.

Herman, who's heard on clarinet and alto and soprano saxophone, is accompanied by Hampton on vibes, guitarist Al Caiola (check the bizarre misspelling of his name on the CD insert), drummer Richie Pratt, bassist George Mraz, pianist Roland Hanna (his name is also misspelled, even on the original LP) and Candido on conga.

All five tracks are standards, including Body and Soul.

Body and Soul

Ridiculously cheap used copies of this CD abound, including on Amazon. It's well worth a listen and you shouldn't have to pay more than a couple of bucks for it. The contents of this CD may be available as downloads, but not under the Sound of Jazz name.

Vinyl copies of the original LP, Lionel Hampton Presents Woody Herman (1977), also seem to be fairly common.

You shouldn't be paying more than $5 or $6 if vinyl is your medium of choice.

The one Woody Herman tune everybody seems to remember is Woodchopper's Ball, his orchestra's biggest hit.

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