Friday, May 15, 2015

Billy Bean & John Pisano - Makin' It Again

Back in 1958, guitarists John Pisano and Billy Bean teamed up for a pair of Decca albums (Take Your Pick and Makin' It) that also included Gene Estes on vibes, bassist Hal Gaylor, drummer Larry Bunker and, on various tracks, strings and woodwinds. During the same period, Pisano taped their rehearsals and the best selections from those informal jams have been released for the first time in this 1998 CD, available from the British String Jazz label. Pisano and Bean are heard in duets, quartets (with an unidentified bassist and drummer) and quintets that add Estes ; in addition, an unidentified altoist (Paul Horn ?) pops up on a couple melody statements. Bean and Pisano were very complementary and it is often difficult to tell who is soloing at a particular time. Best among the selections are Horace Silver's "Room 608," "Indian Summer," a lengthy "Sweet Georgia Brown" and a duo version of "Cherokee." The recording quality is pretty good and, although occasionally one can hear a musician talking, these private jams do deserve to be released and cherished by bop guitar collectors, particularly since Billy Bean is long retired. Well worth checking out.
Scott Yanow

Source :

John Pisano 
Billy Bean
Makin' It Again


1 Fat Feet* (Bean) [quintet]  3:18
2 Room 608* (Silver) [quintet]  3:52
3 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn) [duo]  13:29
4 Indian Summer* (Dubin, Herbert) [quintet]  5:36
5 Strike up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin) [duo]  7:06
6 Take Your Pick* (Mobley, Pisano) [quintet]  3:37
7 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) [quartet]  10:03
8 Billy's Beanery* (Bean) [quintet]  2:12
9 Safari (Silver) [quartet]  7:53
10 Cherokee (Noble) [duo]  7:20
11 Fat Feet* [Bonus track] [duo] (Bean)  5:56


Billy Bean - g
John Pisano - g 
Gene Estes* - vb
Other personnel unknow ?

Recorded jn various locations ; 1956-58


Orbyt said...

Wow! Thank you Mel.

Bhowani said...

pisano bean

toujours dans l'excellence, merci Mel !

dewhy said...

A Gift! Many thanks.


paul said...

Thank you so much for this. You are great!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel!

Collectionist said...

more billy bean? what a great way to start the day!

Rick said...

John Pisano & Billy Bean
Makin' It Again
Wow! many thanks. thought i'd never see this one. already have their Makin' It & Take Your Pick

stublag said...

Fred Katz lp featuring amazing Billy Bean playing!

Daver88 said...

John Pisano & Billy Bean - Makin' It Again

Thanks Mel - nice to have some more Billy Bean & thanks to stublag for the Katz link. This is a most intriguing & entrancing album.

jpo said...

wow indeed!

yewsta said...

Thanks yet again - excellent material.

nico said...

terrible ... maleureusement pas de rapidshare premium donc je n'ai pas encore la deuxième partie mais c'est un album fantastique de plus ils jouent comme des tueurs

Blue Eyes said...

These private jams are great, superb album, thanks a lot Melanchthon for the links !

Martin said...

Really fine. Thanks a lot.

MrBill said...

Thanks for the Bean/Pisano! It's great to see you back.

Kovina Kris said...

More amazing Billy Bean stuff. Thank you!

Zape said...

Wow thanks! You made me so happy!

Adrian said...

Links are dead.
Will you please renew them?
Thank you.

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!

Barry Cohen said...

Thank you for all of the great music!

OldHippieRick said...

This is a reissue of Decca Records LP (Mood Jazz In Hi-Fi)1st pressing 1958 that had a different cover art

Billy Bean: guitar
Johnny Pisano: guitar
Paul Horn: flute
Gene Estes: vibes, drums
Calvin Jackson: piano
Hal Gaylor: bass
Larry Bunker: drums
Fred Katz: piano
Red Callender: tuba
William Green: clarinet

fabulous LP no matter what cover pic. ;-)

neil said...

Got Billy Bean, Hal Gaylor on a TRIO album; but Pisano's new to me, so many thanks, mel...

glinka21 said...

Any chance of getting a re-up on this, Mel?

Chesco said...

Hello Mel. Thank you, thank you very much. Wonderful music, eternal music.

Please me. I think there is a mistake in the first link. This link is from Robert Casadeus Cd 2 part 2.

Thank you for all. Greetings from Sant Boi, Barcelona-.

glinka21 said...

Thanks much, Mel, for the reup!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Adrian said...

Thank for the repost.
Even after five years....