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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, January 05, 2014

Meirelles e os Copa 7 - Tropical


The cover art indicates that this might be one of those Latin easy listening albums that jammed LP bins in the 1960s and '70s. But the Brazilian release Tropical by Meireles e os Copa 7 (Meireles and the Copa 7) (London, 1969) is one of the finest examples of samba-jazz you'll find anywhere.

The leader of the group is flutist J.T. Meirelles (his name is apparently misspelled on the album), a leading figure in Brazilian jazz and one of the key exponents of bop in that country. He frequently led groups in the clubs lining Beco das Garrafas, an alley in Copacabana.

Here are the musicians on Tropical:

J.T. Meirelles (flute)
Juarez Araùjo (tenor sax)
Maurillio Santos (trumpet)
Dom Salvador (piano)
Pedro Barroso (bass)
Robertinho Silva (drums)
Chico Batera, Helcio Milito, Jorge Arena, Luna & Pedro dos Santos (percussion)

Rather than basing Tropical on bossa nova standards Meirelles mainly chose tunes by U.S. jazz musicians and gave them a Brazilian twist. Among them was Fuego by trumpeter Donald Byrd.

Fuego



Tropical is said to be one of the rarest of all Brazilian LPs. A copy sold for north of $300 on eBay several years ago.

There was a brief re-release on CD and LP by the British label Whatmusic in 2005, but the reissues also now command premium prices. Whatmusic has made Tropical available as a download, but apparently only in the U.K. iTunes appears to be one of the few sources.

Here's another track from Tropical.


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