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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.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Urbie Green - The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green

What sets The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green (1960) apart from most other early releases on the Command label is the jazzy arrangements, courtesy of Bobby Byrne and Lew Davies.

Command focused on appealing to audiophiles who had purchased stereo systems, so the emphasis on many of the label's LPs by Enoch Light and others was spotlighting the still developing technology. The result was a lot of "ping-ponging" of instruments, particularly percussion, between left and right channels and a lot of gimicky arrangements.

Not so with The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, which turns the spotlight on one of the busiest studio trombonists of the 1950s and '60s. Green (b.1926) had appeared on over 600 recording sessions by the time he made his last record in 1995. He got his start in the big band era of the late 1940s, including stints with Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Jan Savitt and Frankie Carle.

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, from the vinyl LP of Persuasive Trombone, is a tune most often associated with Tommy Dorsey.

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

There was a second volume of Persuasive Trombone and both albums were combined on CD by Lone Hill Jazz in 2008. This is out of print and you'd have to take out a second mortgage for the prices they're asking on Amazon (try $150 for a used copy!).

But the two volumes of Persuasive Trombone are also included on the four-CD set Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus EP (Real Gone Jazz, 2013). Used copies start at about $9 on Amazon. This set may be sourced from vinyl and I can't vouch for the quality.

Download versions of Persuasive Trombone are also being sold, but some are of poor quality, so proceed cautiously.

Here's another selection from The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green.

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