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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.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Johnny Williams Orchestra Plays Sounds from Screen Spectaculars

The Johnny Williams Orchestra Plays Sounds from Screen Spectaculars (Craftsmen, 1957) spotlighted future composer and conductor John Williams at the beginning of his career as a pianist and studio musician.

This was long before Williams gained wide fame for his scores for such movie blockbusters as Jaws and Star Wars, and for conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra.

This budget label LP does not appear to have sold very well and within a year it was reissued with a new title, Big Hits from Columbia Pictures, and a far more sales worthy cover featuring cheesecake portraits of Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth.

This version came out on no less than three different labels -- Tops, Golden Tone and Mayfair -- in 1958. All the labels were owned by the same company, with the Golden Tone and Mayfair releases including stereo versions of the LP.

Note that the album is now credited to the Hollywood Grand Studio Orchestra conducted by John T. Williams.

The Latin standard Brazil was among the tracks on the LP due to its inclusion in the film The Eddy Duchin Story, which came out in 1956. The orchestra sits out for this tune: It's just Williams on piano with a small combo.


This early album by John Williams gained new life in the digital age when it was released on a Pickwick CD in 1996.

Movie Memories was mastered from the original stereo tapes and the sound quality is excellent. The CD is out of print but there are plenty of cheap copies for sale online. The album is also available as a download.

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