Live shows available to the public! Back in November of 2008, Songtone introduced the Bill Frisell Live Download Series. This is a bi-monthly release of select live performance recordings 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 Frisellâ€™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 â€œBeautiful Dreamersâ€ â€” a stunning recording consisting of new original compositions and striking reinterpretations featuring Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). Produced by Lee Townsend, engineered by Adam MuÃ±oz at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and mastered with Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York, â€œBeautiful Dreamersâ€ captures the magic of one of Frisell's most personal statements in seamless and stimulating musical dialogue with his band mates Kang and Royston.
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
For a number of years, Bill has been performing his film scores for Buster Keaton movies live to enthusiastic audiences all over the world. Out now for the first time, his music for the Keaton classics Go West, The High Sign and One Week are being released with the films on DVD by Songtone/Tone Field Productions, available exclusively here on Bill's website. Bill's longtime musical colleagues Kermit Driscoll (bass) and Joey Baron (drums) join Bill in enhancing not only the well known slapstick and comedic aspects of Keaton's work, but the inherent pathos and social commentary, as well. Purchase a copy here!
"Evincing his best qualities as both guitarist and composer, Frisell harvests evocative, melancholy Americana from deceptively modest, episodic themes. Coloring the scenes with acoustic as well as his trademark electric, Frisell produces strangely cinematic motifs on guitar, and his rhythm cohorts - longtime bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron - provide abundant narrative drive." - Billboard