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Viktor Krauss

Eclectic composer bassist Viktor Krauss was born in Champaign, IL, in 1969. His youth was spent listening to soundtracks and instrumental music, eventually leading him to the piano and trumpet. After witnessing the power and ominous presence of the double bass at a middle school concert, he found his true calling.  Krauss has been a presence in Nashville Tennessee since 1992 with nearly 500 album credits as either a bassist, composer/songwriter or producer.  On tour, Viktor has been Lyle Lovett’s primary bassist since 1994.  Other artists have included jazz great Bill Frisell, James Taylor

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Article: In Pictures

The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn

Read "The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


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 ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


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 ...

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Article: Download Review

Bill Frisell: Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series

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Bill Frisell Hurricane Harvey Relief: A Compilation From His Live Download Series BillFrisell.com 2017 Many musicians may use their celebrity to speak out about issues that matter to them, but only a relatively precious few are actually prepared to put the time, effort and money where their mouths are, creating contexts ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Bill Frisell: Live Download Series #1-13

Read "Bill Frisell: Live Download Series #1-13" reviewed by John Kelman


DS#001-013 | DS#014-017One of the biggest problems facing contemporary jazz musicians is that they often have far more projects on the go than could ever be recorded and released commercially by conventional record labels--even small and relatively responsive indie labels. Special projects abound, or personnel changes for a tour are forced when members of ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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News: Recording

Viktor Krauss - Far from Enough (2004)

Viktor Krauss - Far from Enough (2004)

By Tom Johnson I spent most of the morning flipping between one disc and the next, restless for something that actually fit my mood. I just didn't want to, you know, as they say, deal and nothing particularly appealed to me. On days like this, I tend to gather up a pretty disparate grouping of artists ...

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Article: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Bob Dylan: The Bard Of Jazz

Read "Bob Dylan: The Bard Of Jazz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Jazz and rock audiences, at their core, often expect two very different things when they attend a live performance. Jazz audiences thrive on the journey and in-the-moment magic that's created as a one-time-only occurrence, through a partially improvised art. Rock audiences, by and large, prefer to hear it like it sounds on the record. Jazz artists ...

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News: Recording

Nonesuch Records Releases Bill Frisell's "Disfarmer"

Nonesuch Records Releases Bill Frisell's "Disfarmer"

Set inspired by life of Arkansas portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer “Frisell remains the only six-string poet of his generation." --New Yorker Nonesuch Records releases Grammy Award–winning guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell’s new album, Disfarmer, on July 21, 2009. The original compositions on the album were inspired by the life and works of an unusual Arkansas ...

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Label: EMI Music
Released: 2007
Track listing: Hop; No Time Like the Past; Eyes in the Heat; When She


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