Bill FrisellHelsinki FestivalHelsinki, FInlandAugust 29, 2012 It's hard to find a summer festival that is not critically dependent on the weather for that essential vibe. As such, August's Helsinki Festival stands as good a chance as any for success, with the main stage located a half-mile from the central station on a bank beside an inlet of the Baltic, where 600 people can sit in relative comfort under a 40 foot high, custom built steel and poly-propylene marquee. And when the weather does shine there's an outdoor bar and all those old faces to ...read more
Bill Frisell TrioThe Great FloodThurber Theater, Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHMarch 31, 2012Sometimes you can hear a song lyric for years, but it is not until it is sung just so that it hits home. Bill Frisell's Trio presented an original soundtrack to a film by director Bill Morrison about the great Mississippi flood of 1927 at The Ohio State University's Thurber Theater on Saturday, March 31, 2012. When the guitarist quoted Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern's Ol' Man River," the lyric He don't say nothing / But he must know something / Cause ...read more
Bill FrisellThe StoneNew York CitySeptember 7, 2010 Bill Frisell has captured the imagination of music fans of many types, since his first records in the 1980s. He is the world's favorite alternative take on guitar. Yet, he may be, instead, the next step in guitar rather than another side of the very popular instrument. Arguably, very little music of originality has come forth since the beginning of the '80s, but Frisell is one beacon that shows that the recent decades have not been all dark. Along with, perhaps, Radiohead, some pastiche artists of various ...read more
Bill Frisell Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts July 13, 2009
When performing alone, a musician has to work really hard, since the sound produced cannot be interwoven within the sounds other band members create. The soloist is virtually right out there in the same space as the audience. The musician's vulnerability, in turn, is unmistakable. Combine all that with the personality transmitted in the music, occasionally through the words of the performer, and there could be no more honest picture of the musical artist.
At the Iron Horse on January 13 Bill Frisell ...read more
The Israel Festival International Jazz Festival Jerusalem, Israel June 15-17, 2008
This year's scheduling of the programs for the Israel Jazz Festival was promising. The grouping of the Bill Frisell Quartet, Nils Wogram's Root 70, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Anat Fort Trio performances in three successive days enabled festival-goers to examine some common conventions about the differences between European Jazz and American Jazz, since all these outfits presented their own distinctive interpretations of the jazz legacy.
German trombone player Nils Wogram's quartet, Root 70, opened the festival. The quartet comprises two German musicians: Wogram, ...read more
Bill Frisell Trio Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, Massachusetts June 21, 2007
Flourishing in something produces ecstasy. No experience can equal the satisfaction of a temporally bound creative act for which no result can be predicted and which simply becomes increasingly surprising as it evolves. The conversation that a musician can have internally with an instrument as well as with bandmates strengthens the possibility for an outcome more positive than was ever anticipated. The Bill Frisell Trio, performing at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, pulled it all together on this first day ...read more
The Bill Frisell Trio The Barbican The London Jazz Festival London, England November 15, 2005
Every once in a while a performer can get away with what happened when Bill Frisell performed at the 2005 London Jazz Festival at the magnificent Barbican, but not often. Appearing with violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Greg Leisz, he blew the rules away with a wave of his hand.Bill Frisell has produced a long line of illustrious works such as the sensually hypnotic Unspeakable, a Grammy winner last year, to This Land, Have a Little ...read more