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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

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Lost Highway

Essay by RJ Smith, High Fidelity, July 1986

Country used to be a music of the dispossessed. If you look hard enough, you'll find it still is. ...

Bill Frisell Quartet: Look Out For Hope (ECM)

Review by Gene Santoro, Spin, May 1988

BILL FRISELL IS the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he ...

Bill Frisell

Profile and Interview by Jason Cohen, Creem, June 1993

SEATTLE'S MOST incendiary and intriguing electric guitarist has nothing to do with that city's rock scene. ...

Bill Frisell Plays Buster Keaton: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London

Preview by John L. Walters, The Guardian, 29 October 1994

Go West (1925), Sherlock Junior (1924), The High Sign (1921), One Week (1920). Wednesday November 2 1994, 7.30pm ...

Bill Frisell: America Lost and Found

Profile by Richard Gehr, The Village Voice, 4 December 1994

GUITARIST BILL Frisell is the cowlick on the towhead of American music. In his most signature mode, he favors a languorous, spacious sound that combines ...

Bill Frisell: Let your fingers do the talking

Interview by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 2001

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has worked with everyone from Chet Baker to Marianne Faithful. So why start taking lessons now? Richard Williams met him ...

Bill Frisell: Blues Dream (Nonesuch)

Review by Gene Santoro, Chamber Music, June 2001

WITH BLUES DREAM (Nonesuch), an album that interprets the blues as the foundation for jazz, bluegrass, Thelonious Monk, soul, Western Swing, heavy metal, and other ...

Bill Frisell: Richter 858

Review by Mike Barnes, The Wire, March 2005

RICHTER 858 begins explosively with guitar, violin, viola and cello producing an atonal storm akin to George Crumb's Black Angels. This cedes to slow guitar ...

Manfred Eicher: The Sound Man

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 17 July 2010

Admired by Radiohead, friend of Godard, Manfred Eicher is the founder of ECM, one of the most successful jazz labels in the world. He tells ...

Bill Frisell: The Searcher

Book Excerpt by Philip Watson, Faber, March 2022

An extract from Chapter 1 of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music (Faber) ...

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