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If you hang around guitar players enough the name Billy Bean eventually comes up. He is talked about in the same context as the great guitar players who came up in the 1950's like Johnny Smith, Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall. But, when you try to find examples of his recorded work you quickly learn there are few examples and they are difficult to find. At that point you might start to wonder how much of what you hear about this guitarist is myth and how much is real. Then you find and hear a Billy Bean guitar solo and you immediately realize why this guitar player is held in such high esteem by other guitarists. Billy Bean got his start on the guitar in his hometown of Philadelphia


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More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound

Read "More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

The Fresh Sound record label has released another superb batch of late 1950s and early 1960s recordings by jazz legends, greats, near-greats and now obscure artists who, then and now, deserve wider recognition. As detailed in previous pieces, Fresh Sound is the only organization out there issuing these essential works, which otherwise would remain lost.


Folk Songs for Far Out Folk

Label: DBK Works Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: 01. Mate'ka - 6:35; 02. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - 4:05; 03. Been in the Pen So Long - 3:09; 04. Chili'lo (Lament) - 3:54; 05. Rav's Nigun - 2:56; 06. Old Paint - 4:55; 07. Manthi-Ki - 5:06; 08. Baal Shem Tov - 3:57; 09. Foggy, Foggy Dew - 5:20. Tutti i brani sono adattati e orchestrati da Fred Katz.


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Fred Katz: Folk Songs for Far Out Folk

Read "Folk Songs for Far Out Folk" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Folk Songs for Far Out Folk di Fred Katz rappresenta una delle riedizioni più significative dell'anno, per ragioni sia storiche che musicali. Grazie all'etichetta Reboot Stereophonic, esce per la prima volta su CD un album inciso quasi mezzo secolo fa ad Hollywood, nella fase finale del West Coast Jazz. L'album, sconosciuto ai più, è rimasto sepolto ...


The Trio Rediscovered

Label: String Jazz Recordings
Released: 2001
Track listing: Motivation; Lush Life; All of You; Porgy & Bess Medley; Lands End; Have You Met Miss Jones; Grooveyard; Che-Low; Safari


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Billy Bean/Walter Norris/Hal Gaylor: The Trio Rediscovered

Read "The Trio Rediscovered" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Though born and raised in Philadelphia, home of many jazz greats, Billy Bean moved to New York in 1958 where he worked with Bud Shank, Red Callender and Charlie Ventura. Despite his talent, he made relatively few recordings. There are no listings for Bean in Tom Lord's Jazz Discography. His recorded output has been as a ...


Adventure With Charlie

Label: Jasmine
Released: 1957
Track listing: This Can't Be Love; Give Me the Simple Life; Laura, Ventura's Pocahontas; Sweet Georgia Brown; Mad About the Boy; Blues in the Closet; Ventura's In Oblivion; If I Had You; Take the A Train; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Liza.


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