"...this is a glorious hymn to the art of playing together, of which Lennon would surely approve." - The Independent / by Nick Coleman
"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
All songs by John Lennon except: Across the Universe, Revolution, Nowhere Man, Please Please Me, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, Come Together and Julia - written by Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Produced by Lee Townsend
Bill Frisell - guitar
Mr. Frisell's album represents a labor of love .... an unmistakable
sound, an identifiable style .... a great deal of sensitivity and artful
restraint .... this music makes up a substantial part of his DNA....
The album's superior stretch takes up what would be Side B of the
LP with a beautifully lilting "Julia" and a starkly tender "Woman" ...
Some of the band's most soulful playing comes on "Beautiful
Boy" ... And things get powerfully ethereal on the closing track, "Give
Peace a Chance," which gave the album its title phrase and, one
suspects, its implicit agenda. - Nate Chinen, New York Times
Frisell really gets John Lennon ‹ the heartbreaking tenderness
and pain of the family songs, Lennon's universalist stretch, the yearning
for a better world, and the tough, angry rocker who snarled "Revolution" and
funkily demanded everyone "Come Together". Frisell and band
render their material not through jazz improv but with warm and loosely
intertwining string textures that swarm and tumble, moving deftly through
jangly joy, inky fear and slowcore declamation. What a legacy Lennon
left us. How lucky we are to have Frisell to tell us about it. -
Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times