Jazz Guitar Giant
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.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“a typically oblique and utterly successful Frisell-ian take on the music of John Lennon, from both his solo and Beatle years. The easy grace and fertile imaginings of the performances again give rise to questions that have become ever more relevant over the 30-plus records Frisell has made since the mid-1980s: Is there anything the man can’t play uniquely on guitar? He’s played rock-oriented ballads with Elvis Costello, composed new music to accompany Buster Keaton’s silent films mixed world-music flavors with the Intercontinentals, picked country music, and done many jazz records with the likes of Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter. Is there any genre he can’t put his signature textures on? Any songwriting style he can’t master?” – Stereophile
“gorgeous renderings of songs by John Lennon … What a legacy Lennon left us. How lucky we are to have Frisell to tell us about it.” – Seattle Times
” … when placed in the hands of legendary maverick guitarist Bill Frisell, an album full of such John Lennon songs is engaging because the tracks become lyric-less re-imaginings rather than bland retreads or ridiculous send-ups. … Covering Lennon tunes isn’t a wise idea for most artists, but Frisell and Co. make this an experience worth having.” – Glide Magazine
“…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
“All We Are Saying… may be Frisell’s closest thing to a rock record but, informed by years of improvisational experimentation‹melodically, harmonically and texturally‹it’s an album that simply couldn’t have been made by anyone else.” – All About Jazz / by John Kelman