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 (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). Produced by Lee Townsend, engineered by Adam Muñoz at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and mastered with Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York, “Beautiful Dreamers” 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, “Collage For the Day”, 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.
“Blues Dream Live” the DVD featuring Bill Frisell’s live performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, July 1st, 2002. This DVD features Bill Frisell’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