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Floratone (Frisell / Chamberlain / Townsend / Martine): Floratone II

Read "Floratone II" reviewed by John Kelman

Plenty of artists treat their music as egalitarian, but some projects are more collaborative than others. Guitarist Bill Frisell has long considered his work to be about the greater whole, going so far as to credit the arrangements on Sign of Life (Savoy, 2011), as “(on the spot and subject to change) by Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts and Jenny Scheinman." But Floratone (Blue Note, 2007) was more collaborative still, beginning life as a series of jams with drummer ...

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Floratone: Floratone

Read "Floratone" reviewed by Jim Santella

Electronics and special effects color Floratone's eponymous debut liberally; however, the core focus of this modern quartet remains tied to jazz tradition. Along with producers Tucker Martine and Lee Townsend, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Matt Chamberlain have formed Floratone in the image of progressive jazz of the 21st century. They've collaborated to blend elements of country & western, blues and ballads with the influence of metallic rock and raw funk. Feeling that this band represents the new thing in ...

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Bill Frisell / Matt Chamberlain / Lee Townsend / Tucker Martine: Floratone

Read "Floratone" reviewed by John Kelman

The role of producer can range from bean counter and clock watcher to active musical participant, involved with details of arrangement and instrumentation. Still, it's almost unprecedented to see a collaborative group that lists not one, but two producers as actual band members. Even Teo Macero, who during Miles Davis' electric period, used innovative editing techniques to shape Miles' music into cogent form, was never listed as anything other than producer. In the case of Floratone, guitarist Bill Frisell and ...


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