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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, March 20, 2014

Joe Morello - It's About Time

Drummer Joe Morello's first album under his own name carries the fitting title It's About Time (RCA Victor, 1962). Morello of course held the drum chair in the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 1956 to '67 and this LP was released just after Brubeck reached the peak of his popularity with the hit single Take Five.

Brubeck's group was known for playing in somewhat unorthodox time signatures and there's some of that on Morello's LP as well. But this sextet effort (there's a big band on a few cuts) seems looser than a lot of Brubeck's output of the period. Alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who sounds a bit like the Brubeck quartet's Paul Desmond on some cuts, and Gary Burton on vibes get much of the solo space. Also on the date are pianist John Bunch and bassist Gene Cherco.

Here's a sample track.

Time After Time

Most of the cuts on It's About Time turned up in 1989 on an RCA/Bluebird CD titled simply Joe Morello.

It's long out of print and commanding prices of $40 to $100 and up on Amazon and eBay. I did see one reasonably priced copy on Groove Collector, a long-established European site.

There doesn't seem to be a legal download version of the It's About Time tracks, so here's another sample.

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