All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Rediscovery

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

34

Bill Frisell: This Land

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Bill Frisell—This LandBill Frisell
This Land
Elektra Nonesuch
1994

Today's Rediscovery? This Land, guitarist Bill Frisell's landmark 1994 album with Don Byron, Curtis Fowlkes, Billy Drewes, Kermit Driscoll & Joey Baron. Coming on the heels of 1993's eclectic covers record Have a Little Faith (Elektra Nonesuch), This Land is as much about Frisell the writer of distinctly American music—informed in equal parts by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Julius Hemphill and Robert Johnson, all filtered through the guitarist's personally skewed lens—as it is Frisell the idiosyncratic player and improviser.

Impeccably sequenced and exquisitely recorded and produced, it features particularly career-defining solos on "Strange Meeting" and the poignant "Monica Jane" that are perfectly and spontaneously structured in ways only Frisell can manage. His best record as a leader to that point, This Land remains one of many pinnacles in the guitarist's long and varied career.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you know this record, and if so, how do you feel about it?

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res Rediscovery
Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res
by John Kelman
Published: January 31, 2017
Read Greg Lake & Keith Emerson: Their Best Work Together Rediscovery
Greg Lake & Keith Emerson: Their Best Work Together
by John Kelman
Published: December 31, 2016
Read Mark Isham: Blue Sun Rediscovery
Mark Isham: Blue Sun
by John Kelman
Published: August 24, 2016
Read Sweet Billy Pilgrim: We Just Did What Happened and No One Came [2016 Kscope Remix/Remaster] Rediscovery
Sweet Billy Pilgrim: We Just Did What Happened and No One...
by John Kelman
Published: July 31, 2016
Read Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer Rediscovery
Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer
by John Kelman
Published: February 23, 2016
Read Trio Sud: Young and Fine Rediscovery
Trio Sud: Young and Fine
by John Kelman
Published: February 2, 2016
Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" Catching Up With Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel
by Ludovico Granvassu
Published: February 7, 2018
Read "Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge" Interviews Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge
by R.J. DeLuke
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "Green Man 2017" Live Reviews Green Man 2017
by Martin Longley
Published: November 11, 2017
Read "Fly Trio At Blue Note In Milan" In Pictures Fly Trio At Blue Note In Milan
by Roberto Cifarelli
Published: March 29, 2018
Read "Martin Torgoff Discuss Bop Apocalypse" Catching Up With Martin Torgoff Discuss Bop Apocalypse
by Steve Provizer
Published: May 14, 2017