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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, April 17, 2014

Native Son - Native Son

Native Son was a Japanese fusion group formed in 1978 by keyboardist Takehiro Honda (1945-2006). The band lasted through half a dozen albums until 1985.

The other members of the group were guitarist Motonobu Ohde, saxophonist Kohsuke Mine, Tamio Kawabata on bass and Hiroshi Murakama on drums.

Native Son's self-titled debut came out in 1979 on JVC in Japan and Infinity in North America. The cover pictured above is from the U.S. and Canada release. The album was quite popular in their home country but didn't have much impact elsewhere.

Native Son's music seems to me to have worn well in comparison with much of the fusion genre, possibly because of the group's strong melodies. Here's a sample track from that first album.

Breezin' & Dreamin'

Native Son's debut is available on a Japanese CD (JVC) from the reliable CD Japan. I've seen no indication that any of the band's music is available as legal downloads.

Here' another track from that first Native Son album.

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