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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, August 17, 2014

Aki Aleong & the Nobles - Come Surf with Me

Aki Aleong is an American actor and musician who was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1934. He has a lengthy list of credits on TV and in the movies. His best known TV appearances include roles on Babylon 5 and V: The Series.

On the big screen Aleong appeared with Nick Nolte in Farewell to the King and with Chuck Norris in the final film of the Missing in Action trilogy.

He has also advocated for a greater presence for Asian Americans in the TV, film and music industries.

Aleong's music career was largely confined to the 1960s and his first records were pop vocals. Trade Winds, Trade Winds (Reprise, 1961) was a hit in Los Angeles but failed to have much of an impact nationally.

When surf music came along, Aleong put together a group called the Nobles and produced an album called Come Surf with Me (Vee-Jay, 1963). Since the LP is mainly instrumental Aleong largely stuck to overseeing the project, although he may have played some percussion instruments.

The members of the Nobles were Ralph Geddes (lead guitar), Paul Geddes (bass), Marty Smith (rhythm guitar), Rick Gardner (drums) and Ron Smith (piano).

Come Surf with Me is a mixture of surf standards (Miserlou, Pipeline, Apache) and originals by Aleong, including the dynamic Hiawatha.


Come Surf with Me largely passed unnoticed on its release. It hasn't appeared on CD or as a legal download. But two tracks from the LP, Body Surf and Earthquake, have appeared on CD compilations.

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