Consummate guitarist, composer and musical interpreter Bill Frisell has assembled a trusted ensemble consisting of Jenny Scheinman (violin), Tony Scherr (bass), Greg Leisz (guitars) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) to record his take on the classic songs of John Lennon. Titled "ALL WE ARE SAYING..." the project has long been in the works, one could go as far back as the first time he heard the Beatles at the age of 13. Fast forward a few decades and Frisell is asked to put together an impromptu set in honor of John Lennon as part of a special event in Paris. The preparation, performances and reception to these compositions was an inspiration nurtured to fruition with this project. Recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and produced by Lee Townsend, ALL WE ARE SAYING was released on Savoy Jazz on September 27, 2011.
Bill Frisell's album, Sign of Life was released on Savoy Records. The 858 Quartet was originally conceived a number of years ago when Frisell was commissioned to compose music inspired by the artist Gerhard Richter's 858 series of paintings which was exhibited by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The new recording is a result of a composing retreat that Frisell undertook during the fall of 2010 in Vermont. All of the material was written in the month of October and recorded in November, 2010. This represents the shortest gestation period of any Frisell recording to date. Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California in late 2010, 'Sign of Life' features Frisell on guitar, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola and Hank Roberts on cello.
A collaborative project featuring Brazilian singer-songwriter Cantuária (vocals, percussion and guitar) with Frisell (guitars and loops) on ten co-written original compositions. This is layered, texturally rich, rhythmically vibrant and melodically engaging music from two masters set for release in January 2011 on Entertainment One Music in North America and the Naïve label in Europe. Recorded in at Avast in Seattle and Fantasy Studios in Berkeley with engineers Jason Lehning and Adam Muñoz, mixed at Fantasy with Muñoz and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York with Greg Calbi. Produced by Lee Townsend.
The guitars of Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária melt together in my car speakers as if impossibly designed to echo the beauty in this very moment...
The Great Flood is an evening long suite - 75 minutes of original music to be composed and performed by Bill Frisell with accompanying film and staging by Bill Morrison, reflecting on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society, culture and music. Please watch the video clip for the details on this very exciting project! Also there is a comprehensive live review from No Depression.
Live shows available to the public! Back in November of 2008, Songtone introduced the Bill Frisell Live Download Series. This is a release of select live performance recordings direct from the soundboard. The shows are exclusively available on the Live Downloads page and will be made available in the lossless FLAC format along with MP3 and AAC files. Each performance download includes image files for the CD label, cover art and tray insert which also print onto the Neato Label format. Some performances may include extra images or video clips depending on the live performance itself. Due to Frisell's diverse groups this is a unique way to access his music which might otherwise never see a CD release. Click HERE for samples. Enjoy!
Bill Frisell signed with Savoy/429 Records in the fall of 2010 and released Beautiful Dreamers a stunning recording consisting of new original compositions and striking reinterpretations featuring Eyvind Kang
Bill premiered his new piece for orchestra, â€œCollage For the Dayâ€, arranged and conducted by Michael Gibbs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist Joey Baron at the Barbican in London in November, 2009.
In January of 2011, Bill recorded a collaborative album with long-time friends and musical colleagues Buddy Miller, Marc Ribot and Greg Leisz along with bass player Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose. Miller produced the record at his home studio in Nashville. Miller and Ribot also sing along with guest vocalists Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Leeann Womack and Mark Anthony Thompson (Chocolate Genius). It was released on New West Records.
â€œBlues Dream Liveâ€ the DVD featuring Bill Frisellâ€™s live performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, July 1st, 2002. This DVD features Bill Frisellâ€™s septet which includes Matt Chamberlain on drums, Billy Drewes on alto sax, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Greg Leisz on steel guitars and mandolin, Ron Miles on trumpet and David Piltch on bass. There is a European version titled "Live In Montreal" which includes some interview footage not found on Blues Dream Live.
"Like David Lynch, post jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has a knack for insinuating an odd haze around the most wholesome aspects of Americana. Disfarmer, named after the cranky Arkansas photographer who created gripping images of his neighbors, finds Frisell teamed with steel guitarist Greg Leisz, violinist Jenny Scheinman and bassist Viktor Krauss for a set of 26 evocative miniatures. Each one flits by like a half-remembered dream, yet paradoxically their sum amounts to one of Frisell's loveliest, most consistently affecting recent creations." - Steve Smith, Time Out, New York