Thursday, March 24, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bill Frisell

Artist:Bill Frisell
Song:You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Album:All We Are Saying...

Bill Frisell is one of today's top jazz guitarists. He has been recording as a leader since the early 80s. This 2011 album is a tribute to John Lennon. Frisell was born Mar. 18, 1951 in Baltimore and he grew up in Denver. He studied clarinet as a child and he considered a career in classical music. But then he got into jazz and the music of Wes Montgomery. He studied guitar with Dale Bruning and played in local R & B bands. Frisell studied at Berklee in Boston. Pat Metheny was one of his classmates. Jim Hall was one of Frisell's teachers and his biggest influence. You can hear Hall's influence in Frisell's work. Frisell moved to Belgium in the late 70s and he became the house guitarist for ECM Records. He appeared on albums by Paul Motian and Jan Garbarek. Frisell recorded his first album as a leader in 1983. Frisell moved to New York and worked a lot with John Zorn. Then he moved to Seattle in 1988 and he signed with Nonesuch Records. Frisell recorded jazz albums that mixed rock and sometimes classical elements. He recorded for Nonesuch until 2009 and in that time he became very popular on the jazz festival circuit. He moved to Savoy Jazz and All We Are Saying... was released in 2011. These are jazz interpretations of John Lennon songs. Musicians are Jenny Scheinman on violin, Greg Leisz on steel guitar, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wolleson on drums. Minus Scheinman, this is Frisell's touring band. Of course the steel guitar is used mostly in country music. It's interesting to see it used in jazz. Frisell currently records for Sony's Okeh label. His latest CD When You Wish Upon A Star is jazz interpretations of movie themes. It was released in January. No doubt Frisell will tour the jazz festival circuit this summer. Check him out if he's coming your way. Here's Bill Frisell performing You've Got To Hide Your Love Away at Cite de la Musique in Paris Aug. 31, 2012.

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