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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, February 23, 2014

The Brothers Hawk - Funny, Funny (A Go Go) (track)

The instrumental compilation Teen Dance Music from China and Malaysia has been floating around the web now for more than a dozen years. Incredibly this album is now being marketed by iTunes, though it's obviously taken from a vinyl LP, given that the originating company's name is is Thrift Score Records.

This vinyl compilation probably surfaced in the late 1960s or early '70s and included several tracks by the Brothers Hawk, who played and recorded throughout Malaysia and Singapore. According to the Radiodiffusion International Annexe blog bands like the Brothers Hawk played in a style known as Hala Hala or A Go Go. This added elements of traditional dance rhythms like the rumba, fox trot and quick step to the sort-of surf style twangy guitar that was popular in China at the time.

The Brothers Hawk and similar groups released mainly instrumental material under their own names while also serving as backing bands for pop singers. So here's a sample of the Brothers Hawk.

Funny, Funny (A Go Go)

Before shelling out the going rate for Teen Dance Music from China and Malaysia (providing you like this kind of thing, of course) take a look at YouTube. Many of the tracks from the LP are available there, including this outstanding contribution from The Stylers -- a medley of four James Bond themes.

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