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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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ray Martin's Piccadilly Strings - International Vibrations


British orchestra leader Ray Martin (1918-1988) was at the forefront of easy listening, or what the British preferred to call "light music," in the 1950s.

He held a high position with EMI Music in the U.K., enabling him to become an influential producer. But he often worked under pseudonyms, making some of his career difficult to track.

Martin was born Kurt Kohn in Vienna and changed his name after emigrating to the U.K. in 1937. On top of his recording career as arranger, producer and artist, he composed scores for movies and T.V. Martin worked in the U.S. from 1957 to 1972, then returned to Britain. He lived in South Africa for the final years of his life.

International Vibrations (1957) was one of the half dozen albums Martin recorded for Capitol under the Piccadilly Strings moniker. The LP cover promised "Lush Listening Inspired by the Most Glamorous Girls in the World." Here's a sample.

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None of the Piccadilly Strings albums are being sold as downloads. But International Vibrations was coupled with another Ray Martin LP, Million Dollar Melodies, on a Vocalion CD in 2005. Strangely the "international" vanished from the title as did the Piccadilly Strings name.


You can buy a used copy on Amazon for a reasonable price.

To finish up YouTube provides another track from International Vibrations.

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