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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, February 06, 2014

Dan Estrem & John Holmquist - Take Five

Dan Estrem, a guitarist from Minnesota, and fellow American guitarist John Holmquist have done most of their work in the classical field. However, the pair collaborated on five CD's of jazz standards for the ProJazz label, beginning c.1987.

Most of these fine jazz albums have long been out of print. I believe that Take Five (1987) was the first to be released, although discographical information on these CD's is sparse to say the least. Among the standards arranged for two guitars was the title tune, which was of course a massive hit for Dave Brubeck. The MP3 is from a cassette version of the album.

Take Five

If you like what you hear you're in luck. Used copies of Take Five are plentiful in the Amazon Marketplace, with some going for less than a dollar. Amazon also has cheap copies of several other jazz CDs from Estrem and Holmquist -- I Get a Kick Out of You (music of Cole Porter), Love You Madly (Duke Ellington) and Bossa.

None of the pair's albums are downloadable, but some of John Holmquist's classical work is available from iTunes and elsewhere.

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