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Bill Frisell: This Land

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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?

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