I've been listening to a lot of Billy Bean lately...just wondering why there are so many good Philly guys????
Yeah man!!! Billy Bean was insane. Those lines sound so effortless. Pretty sure he studied with Dennis Sandole - who wrote Guitar Lore. I have that book, but haven't spent a ton of time with it - very technique heavy.
This Philly Guitarist, Seth Greenberg wrote a book on him:
Price is a bit steep, but I guess there Billy's manuscripts published in there. Haven't ponied up the dough yet.
If you haven't checked out "The Trio" with Hal Gaylor and Walter Norris, I highly recommend it.
Billy was one of the first jazz guitarists I ever heard, after that sometimes it was hard to listen to anyone else play 8th note bebop on guitar.
His tone just blows me away on that Gretsch. I believe he used some pretty sweet weird 1950's tube amp too. Like this awesome thing:
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