The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2

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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 but—as it always happens for musicians whose style is so distinctive—started to really take off later in Frisell's career and is now reaching a healthy cruising speed.

In this part of the show we'll feature renditions of Frisell's tunes by The Spellcasters; Rope; JP Schlegelmilch; Matt Brewer; Leni Stern; Arto Lindsay; David Sylvian; Danny Barnes; David Halliday; Unscientific Italians; Allen Ginsberg; Hal Willner; Gabriela; Angela Davis; Brooklyn Rider.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • The Spellcasters "That Was Then" Music from the Anacostia Delta (Cuneiform) 0:16
  • Host talks 05:32
  • Rope "Monica Jane" Saints and Sinners (El Gallo Rojo Records) 7:28
  • JP Schlegelmilch "Resistor" Throughout (SteepleChase) 14:45
  • Host talks 18:24
  • Matt Brewer "Twenty Years" Unspoken (Criss Cross) 19:14
  • Leni Stern "When We Go" Words (Lipstick) 23:14
  • Host talks 27:46
  • Arto Lindsay "Nobody in Bed" O Corpo Sutil (Life) 29:00
  • David Sylvian "Dobro #1" Dead Bees On a Cake (Virgin) 32:22
  • Danny Barnes "Big Shoe" Get Myself Together (Terminus) 33:51
  • David Halliday "Strange Meeting" Fat Soul (Lone Peak Sound) 40:03
  • Host talks 45:50
  • Unscientific Italians "Before We Were Born" Play the Music of Bill Frisell -Vol. 1 (Hora) 47:31
  • Allen Ginsberg "Gregory Corso's Story" The Lion for Real (Mercury Records) 48:39
  • Gabriela "Cuando Me vaja" Detrás Del Sol (Intuition) 50:53
  • Angela Davis "Pretty Flowers Were Made for Blooming" Little Did They Know (ABC) 55:08
  • Host talks 59:50
  • Brooklyn Rider "John Steinbeck" The Brooklyn Rider Almanac (Mercury Classics) 1:02:40
Photo credit: Luciano Rossetti (Phocus Agency)

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