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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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Peter Matz & His Orchestra - Thanks for the Memory

Composer, arranger and conductor Peter Matz (1928-2002) is best known for his work with Barbra Streisand and Carol Burnett. Matz, a Pittsburgh native, began working with Streisand in the early 1960s and won a Grammy Award himself for his work on her 1964 album People.

Matz also won an Emmy for Streisand's TV special My Name Is Barbra and an Oscar nomination for her movie Funny Lady. He won a second Emmy for an episode of The Carol Burnett Show, for which he was music director for eight years.

Since Matz played in dance bands at the beginning of his career it's no surprise that in the stereo era he should choose to resurrect the big band sound. Thanks for the Memory (Project 3, 1979) -- subtitled "Great Song Hits of the Big Band Era" -- does just that. This is actually a straight reissue of Brings 'Em Back, an earlier (1966) Matz release for Project 3.

As is usual with Project 3 releases the sound quality is first rate -- as are Matz's arrangements. Here's a sample.

Canadian Sunset

This Peter Matz album has not had a straight digital release on CD or as a download. However, the title tune of Thanks for the Memory turns up on a various artists download compilation, Memorial Day Orchestrals, which is for sale on a number of online sites, including iTunes.

Also on Peter Matz's big band tribute is Bei Mir Bist Du Schön.

1 comment:

  1. he also did music for the Hullaballoo teevee show...