Thursday, September 12, 2013

Billy Bean in "The Trio"

Amazingly, Billy Bean sounds a lot like Pat Martino. That's not because Billy studied Pat a lot. On the contrary.  In the 1950s Billy was already playing like that. Pat listened to him! One of Billy's best albums is the drummerless trio album that he recorded in 1961 with Hal Gaylor and Walter Norris, simply called "The Trio." This is one of the greatest drummerless trio recordings ever made, on a par with Tal Farlow's 1950s trio recordings with Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke. Essential Bean listening. Fantastic boppin'. Here's "Grooveyard" from that album. The second one is from a different album "The Trio Rediscovered." Anyway, both albums are superb.

Obscure Jazz Guitar Great Ronnie Singer

Ever heard of Ronnie Singer? I hadn't. This amazing jazz guitarist apparently committed suicide at the tender age of 24. Not much music remains. The only stuff that remain of Ronnie are old live bootlegs recorded by Jimmy Gourley in New York from the 1950’s. A few clips clips are on Youtube. Outstanding bebop playing. Can't believe I never heard of him before ....  Sad story though. It reads: "Sadly Ronnie was a big heroin addict and he and his wife committed suicide by asphixia in a gas oven when he was only 24 years old."

And: "Ronnie Singer (ca. 1929 - ca. 1953) was a Chicagoan bebop guitarist. He played with great jazz players like saxophonists Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, trumpeter Red Rodney, guitarist Jimmy Gourley, pianist Lou Levy, drummer Al Levitt, etc. He moved to New York in the late forties / early fifties to play with clarinetist and band leader Artie Shaw.... A copy of the tapes (music below) belonged to the late great bebop guitarist Jimmy Gourley (from Saint Louis, Missouri), contemporary and friend of Ronnie Singer, who considered him as his greatest influence, ahead of Jimmy Raney and Charlie Christian."

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Source: Jamie Holroyd