with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones

Year Released: 
2001
Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitars, loops
Dave Holland - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

produced by
Lee Townsend & Michael Shrieve

recording engineers: Joe Ferla, Adam Munoz & Rory Romano
mixing engineer: Joe Ferla
edited by Adam Munoz

mastering by Greg Calbi

Nonesuch Records 2001

$17

Ever prolific avant-Americana guitarist Bill Frisell continues his Nonesuch odyssey with this trio that includes two jazz heavyweights: bassist Dave Holland (former Miles Davis band member and current ECM recording artist) and drum legend Elvin Jones (one-quarter of the classic John Coltrane Quartet of the '60s and still an indefatigable rhythmist). Frisell leads the threesome through a book of his own highly individual, atmospherically compelling tunes, including such recent favorites as "Strange Meeting" and "Blues Dream"; the trio also essays two vintage numbers that do a good job of bookending Frisell's own brand of rootsy lyricism - Henry Mancini's "Moon River" and Stephen Foster's "Hard Times." Hardly obvious candidates as Frisell collaborators, Holland and Jones warm well to the folk-inflected material, complementing the guitarist's offbeat charm and unerring taste with their muscular authority. Frisell fans will rejoice once again, and newcomers might find this an ideal introduction. - Billboard, October 27, 2001