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In Pictures

The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn

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Bill Frisell brought his Trio to Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday (May 27, 2022). He has a lengthy history with the venue dating back to his early days in New York City (late 1970s/early 1980s) when Roulette was situated in lower Manhattan and served as a forum for up-and-coming adventurous artists. On this occasion, the Trio was joined by alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. Frisell has amassed an extraordinary and remarkably diverse body of work over 40 years. However, relatively few ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Focus On Frisell Plus New Releases

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Guitar maestro Bill Frisell is featured on two albums this week. Firstly a 2015 release from Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band who perform a Frisell setlist. Secondly, on the new album from Ches Smith. There are also new album releases from Out To Dinner, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Ariane Racicot, and, the trio of Mario Salvador, Marcos Morales, & Yasel Muñoz. In addition there's a brand new single from the Igor Willcox Quartet.Playlist Show ...

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Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

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Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the jny: Denver guitarist, AAJ invited Bill Frisell to kick off the series. What follows is an extract, largely unedited, of a conversation ...

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Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

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To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of Frisell's music and his evolution as both a guitarist and a composer. Bill Frisell's debut as leader, In Line, (ECM, 1983) was ...

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Book Excerpts

Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 20: Frislandia" of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson (Faber & Faber, 2022). Bill Frisell's music has always, right from the beginning, raised critical questions about definition and classification, about the very nature of genre. What is it that Frisell is playing, and how might we begin to describe it? The most common descriptor, of course, is that Frisell is a jazz guitarist. 'I don't know ...

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Book Review

Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer

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Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer Philip Watson 560 Pages ISBN: 978-0571361663 Faber & Faber 2022 The great guitar anti-hero Bill Frisell has dreamt of perfect music—an otherworldly blend of unimaginably beautiful sounds. It may be a just a dream, but that hasn't stopped the Denver-raised musician from constantly searching, for striving for this ideal. And on an inspired night he can get close...for a while. For Frisell it is the journey, as this, the ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2

Read "The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Bill Frisell's instrumental voice is instantly recognizable, whether displaying its skronky side in John Zorn's Naked City or his sublime and delicate voicings infused of high-end Americana. Equally distinctive are his compositions which more and more of his peers have been incorporating into their repertoires, in a process of metabolization that goes back to the 1990s but—as it always happens for musicians whose style is so distinctive—started to really take off later in Frisell's career and is now reaching a ...


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