I love jazz. I love guitars. I love to hear jazz cats playing jazz on their guitars! It makes me smile. 🙂
Blues Going Up is a nice jazz swing album featuring George Barnes (guitar), Duncan James (guitar), Benny Barth (drums), and Dean Reilly (bass), that was recorded live at Bimbo’s “supper club” on April 17, 1977.
This is a vibrant live set featuring some great jazz and guitar playing that you can buy for as little as $6.75 USD on Discogs.
This live recording sounds very natural, and of course live-like given it is a live recording.
Blues Going Up doesn’t exaggerate a sense of space, imaging, soundstaging, and resolution in audiophile-like distraction fashion (thankfully), so traditional audiophiles might not enjoy this as much as a music lover.
The musical nuance evident in the playing is superb, tone is fantastic, and Blues Going Up really put a smile on my face. Way recommended!
Two Guitars And A Horn is another great jazz album, featuring Carl Kress (guitar), George Barnes (guitar), and Bud Freeman (tenor sax).
Two Guitars And A Horn was recorded live at the New York jazz club Chuck’s Composite in 1962, and you can pick up a copy on Discogs for around $10 USD.
The cover says it’s a stereo recording, but it sounds more like mono with its narrow center focus.
This is great music, and to hear these two great guitarists play such great jazz is a real treat, and Bud Freeman’s tenor sax is magic!
Two Guitars And A Horn is a little more vivid sounding than Blues Going Up, and is not quite as smooth and natural sounding, but I think it’s awesome for the music!
For those who enjoy details this recording is highly resolving, and you can hear everything they’re doing on the guitars & horn, as well as chairs squeaking, audience chatter, cash registers clanging, and glasses toasting.
Two Guitars And A Horn is another terrific jazz guitar album that’s an easy recommendation!
As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!