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Bill Frisell

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Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later, Bill studied music at the University of Northern Colorado before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belgium where he concentrated on writing music

Album

Rainbow Sign

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Like Those Who Dream; Queen of the South; Average; Rainbow Sign; The Rumour; Custodian of the New; This Old Man; Binder; A Kind Word.

Album

Tone Poem

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Peace; Ramble; Anthem; Dismal Swamp; Tone Poem; Monk's Mood; Ay Amor (Live); Lady Gabor; Peace.

Album

Live Forever Vol. 1: The President - New York in the '80s

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: This New Generation (1987 CBGB's); Bring Yr Camera (1987 CBGB's); These Hard Times (1987 CBGB's); Andre's Mood (1987 CBGB's); Three Crows (1987 CBGB's); Ride the Wide Streets (1987 CBGB's); I Went to See the Doctor (4-Track Demo); Serious (1988 Studio Outtake); Science Diet (1988 Studio Outtake); Three Crows (Studio Demo); Andre's Mood (Studio Demo); On and On (1982 CBGB's); Flat on Yr Back (1982 CBGB's); Of Thee I Sing (1982 CBGB's); Boy (1982 CBGB's).

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Article: Radio

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 ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

Read "Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places--physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments ...

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Article: Radio

The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 1

Read "The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Every generation has a number of defining musicians who stand out for their innovations and distinctive voices. For us growing up musically in the 1980s and 1990s and interested in forward looking music, Bill Frisell is one of these foundational figures. His instrumental style is certainly unique and has shaped the way the following generations have ...

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Article: Interview

Arlo Bigazzi e Chiara Cappelli e la ricerca transmediale Majakovskij!

Read "Arlo Bigazzi e Chiara Cappelli e la ricerca transmediale Majakovskij!" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Il compositore e bassista Arlo Bigazzi, assieme al fratello Giampiero una delle colonne dell'etichetta discografica indipendente Materiali Sonori, è autore di numerosi lavori originali nei quali fonde molteplici riferimenti musicali, talvolta anche intrecciando la musica con altre forme artistiche, come nel caso del recente Tribæ Soundtrack, “colonna sonora" per l'omonima graphic novel del disegnatore Luca Brandi. ...

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Article: Interview

Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Lloyd: Tone Poem

Read "Tone Poem" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Charles Lloyd and The Marvels' April 2017 performance at UCLA's Royce Hall, with guest vocalist Lucinda Williams, was nothing but highlights--from Lloyd's dance moves across the stage as one or other of his bandmates soloed, to Williams' impassioned performances on such songs as Bob Dylan's “Masters of War" and Jimi Hendrix's “Angel." They also played a ...


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