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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, March 02, 2014

Dorsey Dodd - 20 Golden Hammond Hits

While some copies of this European album (Point Productions, 1991) credit Dorsey Dodd, others, like my cassette copy, contain no credits of any kind other than the record label.

Many of the tracks on 20 Golden Hammond Hits were originally released on the Vedette label in Italy in the late 1960s and early '70s under Dodd's name, one of the half dozen or so pseudonyms used by keyboardist Francesco Anselmo.

There is certainly a wide spectrum of styles on this release, ranging from pseudo R&B to space age pop tracks that sometimes veer dangerously close to Ken Griffin/skating rink sounds, like this version of Tea for Two.

Tea for Two

Although 20 Golden Hammond Hits isn't available per se as a download there are a number of Dorsey Dodd albums, including many of the tracks from Golden Hammond Hits, listed on iTunes and elsewhere. These are being marketed by the original Vedette label so the quality should be reasonably good. The best source for Hammond Hits on CD is probably thrift stores as the album was sold in Wal-Mart and similar outlets.

Here's Francesco Anselmo, this time using the name Cesco Anselmo, with Chocolate Beat, taken from a 1969 Italian LP of library music.

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