Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers
‘Guitar anti-hero’ shows off album, brings variety of styles to stage
- Review in Pioneer Press
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“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians – like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bill Frisell, guitar
Eyvind Kang, viola/tuba
Rudy Royston, drums
Bill Frisell is one of the true giants of the jazz world. With his unique sound and singular approach to his craft, he has nearly single-handedly established a new genre of music. He has lent that sound to a diverse array of musicians on recordings: John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Vic Chestnut and Gus Van Sant have all hired Frisell for their projects. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well.
While he has long been revered as one of the great artists in modern jazz, the breadth of his original work extends far beyond the reaches of jazz. His recordings have covered country swing, reggae, quasi-heavy metal, backbeat rock, 1970s pop and more, all with Frisell’s signature twang.
“…Bill Frisell has quietly been the most brilliant and unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery. In light of this, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he may also be one of the most promising composers of American music on the current scene.” – Stereophile