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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: RTRLP010
  • Format: LP
  • UPC: 875531022773
  • Street Date: 11/17/23
  • PreBook Date: 10/13/23
  • Label: Reel To Real Recordings »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 99:49 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2023
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 10
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP


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Walter Bishop Jr. - Bish At The Bank: Live In Baltimore (180 Gram)

Unissued rare live recordings from legendary pianist on 2 LPs on 180-gram vinyl with extensive booklet with essays and photos

Walter Bishop Jr. - Bish At The Bank: Live In Baltimore (180 Gram)
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BLACK, 180 GRAM VINYL. Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore is an official previously unissued set of recordings by one of the unsung heroes of bebop jazz piano, Walter Bishop Jr., featuring a swinging trio with Harold Vick on saxophone, Lou McIntosh on bass and Dick Berk on drums. This hand-numbered (to 3,000), double LP set was transferred from the original tape reels and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl, boasts 100 minutes of music and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an extensive booklet with essays by esteemed jazz journalist Ted Panken and jazz video journalist and friend of Bishop's, Bret Primack; rare photos by Don Schlitten, Raymod Ross and Jan Persson; plus, poetry pieces written by Bishop. The set is produced by label owner musician Cory Weeds and "Jazz Detective" producer Zev Feldman. The double LP set consists of 2 shows recorded in Baltimore, Maryland, disc one recorded at The Madison Club on August 28, 1966 and The Famous Ballroom on February 26, 1967.

Harlem-born Bishop began his performing and recording career as part of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers on his debut Blue Note album in 1948. His bebop style continued on with gigs and recordings with Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Heath, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Oscar Pettiford, Wynton Kelly and many others. In the 1960s he fronted a trio with Jimmy Garrison and G.T. Hogan. He recorded for various independent labels including Jazztime, Black Jazz and Muse Records.

The 8-track set cooks with 2 Miles Davis compositions along with standards such as "Willow Weep for Me," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights" and Henry Mancini's "The Days of Wine and Roses."

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • My Secret Love
  • Blues
  • Days Of Wine & Roses
  • Quiet Nights
  • Disc 2:
    • If I Were A Bell
    • So What
    • Willow Weep For Me
    • Pfrancing (No Blues)

Sales Points

  • To be promoted in a full-on publicity campaign by Shorefire Media
  • Deluxe CD edition also available
  • Bishop recorded with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Stan Getz and many other jazz greats of the BeBop era
  • Deluxe limited-edition hand-numbered 180-gram 2-LP set
  • Includes extensive booklet with rare photos; liner notes from esteemed jazz journalist Ted Janken, Bishop’s long-time friend Bret Primack and Left Bank Society member John Fowler.
  • Remastered audio transferred directly from the original tape reels of 100 minutes of music!
  • Never-Before-Released Live 1960s Recording From The Madison Club And Famous Ballroom In Baltimore

Press Quotes

4.5 stars! Two exuberantly delivered live shows...While his studio albums are superb, Bish at the Bank goes a long way in showcasing just how masterful and appreciated he truly was, especially in a live setting.

     —All Music

Bop pianist Walter Bishop Jr. gets a well-deserved, overdue ovation with the release of Bish At The Bank. The sets have been beautifully packaged and reproduced by archivist Zev Feldman and musician-impresario Cory Weeds, complete with great photography


With Bishop in top form and given ample opportunity to stretch out with his partners on eight lengthy cuts, the album fills a major gap in Bishop's recorded legacy, and the caliber of musicianship is quite strong throughout.

     —All About Jazz

You say you want hardcore swing with a dollop of blues? Let fiery bop pianist Bishop be your guide courtesy of this rugged selection of live cuts.


Each track finds the group going on extended vamps, often with breathless momentum...the musicians and audience members audibly lose their cool to each moment of saxophonist Harold Vick's storming solos and drummer Dick Berk's Blakey-like conflagrations.


Bishop is heard in excellent form throughout, and there are plentiful displays of his exuberant technique.

     —Denver Post

'Keeps you entertained and mesmerized through every single song...dynamic and inspired.

     —LA Jazz Scene

The music hits like a hurricane...Reel-to-Real Recordings has become a company that can always be counted on to deliver musical surprises no matter who they are featuring, and Bish At The Bank is now at the very top of their offerings. Bank on it.

     —Americana Highways


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