|Billy Stein graduated from Hunter College in the mid-1970s, where he studied with musicians as diverse as composer Louise Talma and bassist Milt Hinton. He was the guitarist in Sahib Shihab's big band, and has led several bands, some including bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Lewis Nash. Over the years, Billy Stein has performed with Rashid Bakr, William Parker, Wilber Morris, Matt Shipp and Sabir Mateen.
The debut recording of guitarist Billy Stein features Reuben Radding (bass) and Rashid Bakr (drums).
"The rhythmic empathy within the trio is strong, as is their ability to anticipate and dovetail each other's next move."
Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure
"Somewhere in between Dom Minasi and Joe Morris are those fleet, flowing, quick, cerebral, streams of notes of Billy Stein.... One of most fascinating jazz guitar discs to appear in quite a long while."
Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery