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2/21/2018 By Phil Galdston & David Wolfert (Music Answers) 

(Billboard, February 21, 2018)


Music IS - Available Early March 2018

Bill Frisell's Music IS album cover Bill Frisell’s new solo album, Music IS, is available as of March 16 on Okeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks.

Recorded in August, 2017 at Tucker Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell, some of them brand new – "Change in the Air", “Thankful", "What Do You Want", "Miss You" and "Go Happy Lucky" – others being solo adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as "Ron Carter", "Pretty Stars", "Monica Jane", and "The Pioneers". "In Line", and “Rambler" are from Frisell’s first two ECM albums. Aside from the freely improvised album of 2013, Silent Comedy, for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Music IS is Frisell’s first solo album since the making of Ghost Town, released on Nonesuch almost twenty years ago.

"Playing ‘solo' (alone) is always a challenge", Frisell says. "For me, music has all along been so much about playing with other people. Having a conversation. Call and response. Playing all by myself is a trip. I really have to change the way I think. In preparation for this recording I played for a week at The Stone in New York. Each night I attempted new music that I'd never played before. I was purposely trying to keep myself a little off balance. Uncomfortable. Unsure. I didn't want to fall back on things that I knew were safe. My hope was to continue this process right on into the studio. I didn't want to have things be all planned out beforehand.”

Alert! Frisell Impostor on the Loose

We would like everyone to know that there is a person misrepresenting him or herself on a fraudulent Bill Frisell Facebook page (that’s being shut down) offering lessons and workshops to cheat Frisell fans, admirers and presenters out of money by asking for advance payments on ficticious appointments and events that will never happen. As a point of information, the demands of Bill’s schedule do not allow him to give private lessons. Should you wish to present Bill in a workshop situation associated with a performance in the U.S, please contact Michael Morris at Monterey International/Paradigm; for Europe, Jakob Flarer at Saudades; and for the rest of the world, Phyllis Oyama at Songtone. To contact Michael, Jakob or Phyllis, go to the Contacts link.

Bill Frisell, A Portrait - a film by Emma Franz

The world premiere of Bill Frisell, A Portrait - A film by Emma Franz, screening in competition at the 2017 SWSX Film Festival

The Festival was from March 10th-18th, 2017 with Bill Frisell, A Portrait scheduled for three screenings followed by Q&A sessions with Franz. Bill Frisell will made a special appearance at the second screening and Q&A on March 13th.

Click HERE for the trailer


New Release - Sheet Music

Newly released sheet music transcribed by Jan Jakut features three pieces performed by Bill Frisell.  Shenandoah, Embraceable You (written by George Gershwin) and W.C. Handy's classic St. Louis Blues

Charles Lloyd Inauguration Day release: Masters of War

Charles Lloyd release or Masters of War by Bob DylanCharles Lloyd & The Marvels have released “Masters of War,” a cover of Bob Dylan’s searing anthem that features a powerful vocal by Lucinda Williams. The track was recorded live with guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on November 28, 2016, and is available today to download or stream. Click HERE to listen.

Grammy Nomination - 2016

Bill Frisell When You Wish Upon A Star


Pleased to announce Bill's 2016 CD release When You Wish Upon A Star was nominated for a grammy award for "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album".


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