I couldn't find any threads on Billy Bauer so I thought I'd start one.

Billy is a recently departed jazz guitar legend who made his name with Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh. Here's a Lennie tune on which Billy takes a solo.

I hear a lot of Billy's influence in Kurt Rosenwinkel, which is interesting to me since Kurt is now better known than, as far as I know, Billy ever was. Still, Billy was a phenomenal straight-ahead player, and, from what I understand, he could sight-read anything you put in front of him as well as any horn player (including Warne and Lee). This might be an exaggeration, but if it's half true it's still damn impressive.