New Bill Frisell Biography and Where to Start

drmilktruck

I Bleed Orange
May 17, 2009
19,342
Plymouth, MN
A new biography of Bill Frisell, entitled Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music came out today.



I realized I know the name and his reputation, but don't know really much of his music. Where to start?
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,860
Santa Cruz
He plays a Tele, that was how I found him. I’ve watched a bunch of videos of him playing but I can’t name one piece..:oops:
 

Electrosynthesis

Gretschie
May 11, 2011
391
São Paulo
Guess we might have a similar taste besides guitars... 😄

The "small town" album is jazzier, I really like it. I feel the "music is" album is more free, and his tone is amazing. I guess that sums up his albums I know. If anyone has more recomendations I'd love to hear about them.
 

ronjazz

Electromatic
Feb 22, 2022
14
Connecticut
Bill has been at the vanguard of modern jazz guitar for decades now. His work with drummer Paul Motion in a bass-less trio really is a great place to start, as well as the two CDs he did with Ginger Baker and Charlie Haden. He has a wonderful DVD out focusing on "looper" compositions and improvs. He has used Gretsch guitars occasionally in the past, and is certainly a master of tone; some of his Telecasters are outfitted with Filtertron pups. I've known him for years; he's much like Jim Hall: gentle, self-effacing and brilliant.
 

AkaCreamyEase

Newbie
Apr 3, 2018
1
Maine
My introduction was through the Power Tools LP, which is still one of my favorites. Next were Before We were Born & Is That You? Also of note was his work with John Zorn in Naked City, as well as fantastic Morricone tribute record . I was lucky enough to see him quite a few times while still living in Brooklyn. He's one of a kind, and has influenced my playing more by learning to listen to others in a band context than anything else.
 

Electrosynthesis

Gretschie
May 11, 2011
391
São Paulo
My introduction was through the Power Tools LP, which is still one of my favorites. Next were Before We were Born & Is That You? Also of note was his work with John Zorn in Naked City, as well as fantastic Morricone tribute record . I was lucky enough to see him quite a few times while still living in Brooklyn. He's one of a kind, and has influenced my playing more by learning to listen to others in a band context than anything else.
Welcome to the forum, by the way!
 

Electrosynthesis

Gretschie
May 11, 2011
391
São Paulo
That is pretty! He plays only what needs to be played.

Funny, to me it looks as if he is always hesitating on that video, even though he doesn't miss a beat. Maybe he doesn't need to figure out where he is going in advance, he just decides where he will go next then and there.
 


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