Quartet of Art Bearon Originals Comprise Piano Blues EP

The Piano Blues EP is a collection of original songs by Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds written (and co-written) by pianist Art Bearon. In addition to the title instrumental, the unreleased songs include “The Woolly Bear Stomp,” “Macabre” (an early version of Whirlwind favorite “Banshee”) and “Know What You’re Doin’ To Me (Oo-Ee Baby).”

The Whirlwinds: Art Bearon, Harry Lewis, Brad Perry, Hap Snow, and Stefano Torossi in 1958

Art Bearon, Harry Lewis, Brad Perry, Hap Snow, and Stefano Torossi in 1958

All four tracks have Bearon on piano, Harry Lewis on saxophone, James K. Snow on lead guitar, and Stefano Torossi on drums. Three of the songs were recorded at a home studio in Weston, Massachusetts in 1958 and 1959, while “Know What You’re Doing To Me (Oo-Ee Baby),” a rehearsal, was cut live at Williams College in 1959.

Hap Snow's Whirlwinds - The Woolly  Bear Stomp 1958 Trans Radio demo

Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds – The Woolly Bear Stomp” 1959 Trans Radio demo

This last tune, the only non-instrumental on the EP, features pianist Bearon in his only known lead vocal outing with Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds.

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