Their development of "intuitive music" led to the 1949 session which included the free improvisations "Intuition" and "Digression". He was a member of the NBC Tonight Show band in NYC and played in the Today Show band at the start of early television. Bauer continued his pioneering guitar work in a partnership with Lee Konitz, whose avant-garde saxophone work was a perfect match for Bauer's guitar. The two musicians' dialogue crossed styles from bop and cool to the avant-garde. Their recordings have been described as "some of the most beautiful duet recordings in jazz".
"Duet For Saxophone and Guitar", was an unusual instrument pairing which has been described as redefining the role of jazz guitar. Bauer made one album under his own name, "The Plectrist" in 1956. The CD reissue has been described as "demand(ing) the attention of anyone even remotely interested in jazz guitar". Later on he arranged a song entitled "No One" that appeared on a CD entitled "Henry Golis Presents Good Music With Friends" that was released on Park Lane Drive Records in 2007. In later life Bauer taught at the New York Conservatory of Modern Music and his own Billy Bauer Guitar School first in Albertson, New York then in Roslyn Heights, New York. He also published instructional books on studying music and playing the guitar. Near the end of his career, Bauer appeared at the 1997 JVC Tributes for Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow.
Bauer led the way for guitarists like Jimmy Raney and student Joe Satriani. In 1997 he published his autobiography "Sideman" (with Thea Luba ISBN 978-0-9657237-0-1). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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