Monday, August 7, 2017

Billy Bauer - Plectrist (Verve Elite Edition)

Well, the premise of Verve’s Elite Edition series is to uncover esoteric and obscure gems that will have a limited appeal. This means that some albums many of us thought would never again see the light of day have made it to CD after all. But with Billy Bauer’s The Plectrist, Verve has gone off the chart with a highly desirable collectors items that demands the attention of anyone even remotely interested in jazz guitar. In its original incarnation you’re looking at close to a three-digit purchase price, so say “hallelujah” to this limited edition disc which sports excellent 24-bit remastering and four bonus cuts.
A veteran of Woody Herman’s band in the ‘40s and later part of the Lennie Tristano entourage that included Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, Bauer recorded this sole album as a leader in 1956 and then was almost never heard from again, although he teaches and still plays on occasion. All but pianist Andrew Ackers are known entities (bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Osie Johnson fill out the ranks) and Bauer’s warm and crystal clear lines are rendered beautifully on this mono recording done at Fine Studios in New York City.
Standards mix in well with four of Bauer’s own unique charts, with the guitarist garnering the lion’s share of the solo spotlight. Nothing is taken faster than a medium tempo romp, yet there’s certainly zero lacking in terms of variety and Bauer’s strength as a soloist keeps your attention throughout. Had he stayed on the scene, he might have been as viable a player as Jim Hall or Tal Farlow or Barney Kessel. That’s saying a lot and this disc more than speaks volumes in regards to Bauer’s talents.
C. Andrew Hovan

Source :

Billy Bauer
(Verve Elite Edition)


1 It's a Blue World (Forest, Wright)  4:10
2 Maybe I Love You Too Much (Berlin)  2:31
3 Lincoln Tunnel (Bauer)  4:05
4 Night Cruise (Bauer)  4:44
5 Too Marvelous for Words (Whiting, Mercer)  2:59
6 Lady Estelle's Dream (Bauer)  3:39
7 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  3:12
8 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Muse, Rene, Rene)  3:45
9 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern, Fields)  3:38
10 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Toung)  3:58
11 Blue Mist (Bauer)  2:11
12 The Way You Look Tonight [alt. take 1] (Kern, Fields)  3:43
13 The Way You Look Tonight [alt. take 2] (Kern, Fields)  3:46
14 The Way You Look Tonight [alt. take 3] (Kern, Fields)  3:47
15 Lullaby of the Leaves [alt. take] (Petkere, Toung)  4:10


Billy Bauer - g
Andrew Ackers - p
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; January 23 [# 1-4] ; & March 12 [# 5-15], 1956


ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very nice album.
A great discovery to me.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this edition with the extra tracks.

lucky5 said...

Welcome back, Mel!
Thank you for the alt. take tracks edition :)

Albertito Jazz said...

Hello Melanchthon! Happy to see you again !!! Thanks for all :-)

Otis Foster said...

Wonderful melanchthon - too little of Bauer after his Tristano days. And thnx for using Zippyshares

musician3 said...


Frank M. Young said...

Thank you 1,000,001 times for this superb post!

HEXIS said...


Wade Cottingham said...

thank you Mel for B Bauer

jazzcat1228 said...

Looking forward to hearing this one, Mel. Thank you.

steve said...

Thanks for this listen Mel . . . new to my ears!

kristophermc28 said...

Your jazz guitar collection is off the charts, Mel! This one looks fantastic. Thanks.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel for this underrated player.

Melanchthon said...

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WOODY said...

Thanks for Billy Bauer - great guitarist, whom I learned to know by his collaboration with Lennie Tristano's early recordings, very fine share!

musician3 said...

GREAT........................THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Kovina Kris said...

I do have this one but it's a goody for sure!