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Petra Haden, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Heath, Jorge Roeder & More

Read "Petra Haden, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Heath, Jorge Roeder & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our exploration of the best in new and upcoming jazz, this week we look into a unique project featuring the music of John Zorn and lyrics of Jesse Harris written with the unique voice of Petra Haden in mind, a special album that blends beautifully with the new releases by Bill Frisell, Jorge Roeder and Ron Miles, Jimmy Heath's musical testament, a Spinal-Tappy jazz take on the music of Black Sabbath and much more. Happy ...

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Album Review

Petra Haden/Bill Frisell: Petra Haden and Bill Frisell

Read "Petra Haden and Bill Frisell" reviewed by John Kelman


Working with singers is nothing new to the ubiquitous and stylistically impossible-to-pigeonhole guitarist Bill Frisell. But whereas his '95 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Deep Dead Blue , was a live recording, stark in its simple meeting of one voice and one guitar, Frisell's latest teaming with Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bassist Charlie, and singer/violinist for that dog, is an altogether more produced affair. Petra Haden and Bill Frisell finds both Frisell and Haden building layer upon layer of sound, ...

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Album Review

Petra Haden and Bill Frisell: Petra Haden and Bill Frisell

Read "Petra Haden and Bill Frisell" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


Opinions about the self-titled Petra Haden and Bill Frisell will likely depend on whether the latter gives listeners the Willies or they find the guitarist Unspeakable. Those attracted by his mellow heartland meditations on The Willies (Nonesuch, 2002) will likely enjoy it; those shunning it in favor of his eclectic modernism on Unspeakable (Nonesuch, 2004) may find it too tame. This assumes, of course, that there's also an interest in hearing the frilly vocals of Petra Haden.

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