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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, May 08, 2014

Peter DeAngelis Orchestra & Singers - Love Is a Guitar

Orchestra leader Peter DeAngelis (1929-1982) gathered some of the top New York studio guitarists for the album Love Is a Guitar (ABC-Paramount, 1966). Don Arnone (1920-1995) took the lead on most tracks, ably assisted by Al Casmenti, Vincent Bell and Ralph Casale.

DeAngelis had co-founded Chancellor Records with Bob Marcucci in 1957. The label's major success was launching the careers of teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian. DeAngelis had also penned songs for Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher and Al Martino, among others.

Arnone began his professional career at age 18 and he participated in countless recording sessions in New York until his premature retirement at the age of 58, largely due to carpal tunnel syndrome. The full extent of his recording career likely will never be known because he was often not credited, sometimes at his own request. But he did appear on a number of albums by fellow guitarists Tony Mottola and Al Caiola, as well backing such artists as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Perry Como.

Here's Arnone with the Peter DeAngelis Orchestra and Chorus.

The Shadow of Your Smile

Love Is a Guitar has never received a digital release, so if you see a used vinyl or cassette copy at a reasonable price it's well worth picking up for some first-rate easy listening guitar.

As well as providing the musical direction for Chancellor Records, DeAngelis recorded a few sides of his own for the label. Here's one of them. The "happy mandolin" is picked by Al Caiola.

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