BILL FRISELL

Eclectic Fusion / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Jazz Related Soundtracks / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Post Bop / World Fusion / Avant-Garde Jazz / Jazz Related Rock / Jazz Related Improv/Composition / Exotica • United States
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A stunning, eclectic guitarist who blends the best elements of rock energy with jazz harmonic sophistication and melodic interpretation.

The defining characteristic of any given jazz musician is frequently his sound. The more control a player has over the nature of that sound, the more likely he is to project a distinctive musical personality. For example, a saxophonist has virtually unlimited physical control of the sound that comes through his horn, and therefore a wide range of tonal expression at his command, which partially explains the disproportionate number of saxophonists in the pantheon of great jazz musicians. On the other hand, few electric guitarists inhabit that realm, in part because the typical jazz guitar sound differs little from player to player. In general, guitarists do not have the same degree of physical control. Without the use of signal processing -- which jazz purists shun -- they're mostly stuck with the generic
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BILL FRISELL Discography

BILL FRISELL albums / top albums

BILL FRISELL In Line album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
In Line
Eclectic Fusion 1983
BILL FRISELL Smash & Scatteration (feat. Vernon Reid) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Smash & Scatteration (feat. Vernon Reid)
Eclectic Fusion 1985
BILL FRISELL Rambler album cover 3.19 | 4 ratings
Rambler
Eclectic Fusion 1985
BILL FRISELL The Bill Frisell Band : Lookout For Hope album cover 3.75 | 6 ratings
The Bill Frisell Band : Lookout For Hope
Eclectic Fusion 1988
BILL FRISELL Before We Were Born album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Before We Were Born
Eclectic Fusion 1989
BILL FRISELL Is That You? album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Is That You?
Eclectic Fusion 1990
BILL FRISELL The Bill Frisell Band ‎: Where In The World? album cover 2.64 | 2 ratings
The Bill Frisell Band ‎: Where In The World?
Eclectic Fusion 1991
BILL FRISELL Have a Little Faith album cover 4.47 | 10 ratings
Have a Little Faith
Eclectic Fusion 1993
BILL FRISELL This Land album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
This Land
Eclectic Fusion 1994
BILL FRISELL American Blood Safety In Numbers (with Victor Bruce Godsey, Brian Ales) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
American Blood Safety In Numbers (with Victor Bruce Godsey, Brian Ales)
Eclectic Fusion 1994
BILL FRISELL Music For The Films Of Buster Keaton: The High Sign/One Week album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music For The Films Of Buster Keaton: The High Sign/One Week
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1995
BILL FRISELL Music For The Films Of Buster Keaton: Go West album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music For The Films Of Buster Keaton: Go West
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1995
BILL FRISELL Quartet album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Quartet
Eclectic Fusion 1996
BILL FRISELL Nashville album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Nashville
Eclectic Fusion 1997
BILL FRISELL Gone, Just Like a Train album cover 4.04 | 5 ratings
Gone, Just Like a Train
Eclectic Fusion 1998
BILL FRISELL Good Dog, Happy Man album cover 3.57 | 6 ratings
Good Dog, Happy Man
Eclectic Fusion 1999
BILL FRISELL Ghost Town album cover 2.81 | 4 ratings
Ghost Town
Eclectic Fusion 2000
BILL FRISELL With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones album cover 3.65 | 4 ratings
With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
Eclectic Fusion 2001
BILL FRISELL Blues Dream album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Blues Dream
Eclectic Fusion 2001
BILL FRISELL The Willies album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
The Willies
Eclectic Fusion 2002
BILL FRISELL The Intercontinentals album cover 3.11 | 4 ratings
The Intercontinentals
World Fusion 2003
BILL FRISELL Unspeakable album cover 3.61 | 5 ratings
Unspeakable
Eclectic Fusion 2004
BILL FRISELL Richter 858 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Richter 858
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell/ Ron Carter/Paul Motian album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Bill Frisell/ Ron Carter/Paul Motian
Eclectic Fusion 2006
BILL FRISELL All Hat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Hat
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2008
BILL FRISELL History, Mystery album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
History, Mystery
Eclectic Fusion 2008
BILL FRISELL Disfarmer album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Disfarmer
Eclectic Fusion 2009
BILL FRISELL Beautiful Dreamers album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Beautiful Dreamers
Eclectic Fusion 2010
BILL FRISELL Sign Of Life: Music For 858 Quartet album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Sign Of Life: Music For 858 Quartet
Eclectic Fusion 2011
BILL FRISELL All We Are Saying album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
All We Are Saying
Jazz Related Rock 2011
BILL FRISELL Silent Comedy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Silent Comedy
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
BILL FRISELL Big Sur album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Big Sur
Eclectic Fusion 2013
BILL FRISELL Guitar in the Space Age! album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Guitar in the Space Age!
Exotica 2014
BILL FRISELL When You Wish Upon a Star album cover 3.11 | 4 ratings
When You Wish Upon a Star
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2016
BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Small Town album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Small Town
Post Bop 2017
BILL FRISELL Music Is album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Music Is
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018
BILL FRISELL Harmony album cover 2.98 | 2 ratings
Harmony
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2019

BILL FRISELL EPs & splits

BILL FRISELL live albums

BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell / Kermit Driscoll / Joey Baron ‎: Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bill Frisell / Kermit Driscoll / Joey Baron ‎: Live
Eclectic Fusion 1995
BILL FRISELL East/West album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
East/West
Eclectic Fusion 2005
BILL FRISELL Further East / Further West album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Further East / Further West
Eclectic Fusion 2005
BILL FRISELL Series #001: Live In Bochum, Germany - May 22nd, 2004 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Series #001: Live In Bochum, Germany - May 22nd, 2004
Eclectic Fusion 2008
BILL FRISELL Live Download Series 2: Live in San Francisco, CA - 02/05/05 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Download Series 2: Live in San Francisco, CA - 02/05/05
Eclectic Fusion 2009
BILL FRISELL Live Download Series 3: Live in Seattle, WA - 02/21/06 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Download Series 3: Live in Seattle, WA - 02/21/06
Eclectic Fusion 2009
BILL FRISELL Live Download Series 4: Live in New York City, NY - 9/26/96 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Download Series 4: Live in New York City, NY - 9/26/96
Eclectic Fusion 2010
BILL FRISELL Solos: The Jazz Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Eclectic Fusion 2012
BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan : Small Town album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan : Small Town
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2017
BILL FRISELL Kramer (Feat Bill Frisell) : The Brill Building, Book Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kramer (Feat Bill Frisell) : The Brill Building, Book Two
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2017
BILL FRISELL Chantal Acda & Bill Frisell ‎: Live At Jazz Middelheim album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chantal Acda & Bill Frisell ‎: Live At Jazz Middelheim
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2018
BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan : Epistrophy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan : Epistrophy
Post Bop 2019

BILL FRISELL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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BILL FRISELL Works album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Works
Eclectic Fusion 1988
BILL FRISELL Bill Frisell, Clusone Trio ‎: Live & I Am An Indian album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bill Frisell, Clusone Trio ‎: Live & I Am An Indian
Eclectic Fusion 1995
BILL FRISELL Selected Recordings album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Selected Recordings
Eclectic Fusion 2002
BILL FRISELL The Best of Bill Frisell, Volume 1: Folk Songs album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Bill Frisell, Volume 1: Folk Songs
Eclectic Fusion 2009

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BILL FRISELL Ghost Town

Album · 2000 · Eclectic Fusion
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BILL FRISELL is best known for his role as a jazz guitarist releasing dozens of albums since the early 80s and also incorporating aspects of both American country and folk. He’s also known for the effects he uses to eke out unique sounds of his instruments and one of those musicians who did the whole music college shtick with a large academic padding under his belt.

On his 18th album GHOST TOWN one would be hard-pressed to hear all these creds on board however. On this one we have FRISELL handling all instrumental duties as he strums away on electric and acoustic guitars, a 6-string banjo, bass and some loop effects. This music is slow and twangy with usually one stringed instrument harmonizing with another. It has an old time folk meets country feel from the roots of some early 20th century rural area and the tones of the respective instruments are quite pleasant.

My impression of this album is that it is way too mellow for its own good and that all the tracks start sounding the same after another and what this music reminds me of the most is the kind of soundtrack music that you would hear on one of the PBS documentaries, like the kind of Ken Burns where nice inoffensive music is rolling in the background while a narrator recounts the history of the steam engine or something. Overall i’m left underwhelmed by this one although this would work very well if you want some innocuous soundtrack music for doll making or something.

BILL FRISELL When You Wish Upon a Star

Album · 2016 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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It seems that over the years Bill Frisell has drifted further from the world of new jazz and fusion, and more into a one man genre of his own making, something that might best be called “Nostalgic Americana”. In this new ‘genre’, Frisell has positioned himself alongside such classic ‘twangy’ guitarists like Tommy Tedesco, Duane Eddy and Chet Atkins. So it is more or less within this style that Frisell presents his new CD, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, a collection of music from classic movies and TV shows, a trip down memory lane so to speak.

The music on here is a real mixed bag, tracks from “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Psycho”, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “The Godfather” and “The Bad and the Beautiful” present sophisticated arrangements that Frisell’s small ensemble handles with sensitivity and modern creativity. Despite the small group, Bill’s cohorts do a great job with their orchestrations and manage to sound much fuller than five people. Special mention should go to the subtle wordless vocals of Petra Haden. On the negative side, there are other cuts that might seem trite or downright corny, for instance; “Bonanza”, "Moon River", “Happy Trails”, and a few others. After a while it becomes obvious that the real make or break for this CD is how attached one might be to movie themes and that whole attractive nostalgia that tends to surround classic movie culture. In short, those who might want to make a big bowl of popcorn and grab a box of Kleenexes for the inevitable misty eyes will find a lot to like here, “When You Wish Upon a Star” presents the perfect atmosphere for such rememberances, but if you are looking for some new jazz, you best mosy along pardner.

BILL FRISELL The Intercontinentals

Album · 2003 · World Fusion
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snobb
Bill Frisell's solo albums for some years are competent,but quite predictable. Great musician found his own sound of semi-acoustic relaxed mid tempo fusion,heavily based on Americana.Usually if you liked it once you will like his every next album, they are so different from others (but so similar between each other).

The Intercontinentals are quite different album for Frisell - he's seriously uses world music there. But the difference is again ob very his own manner:album is very aerial,relaxed mid-tempo fusion again,even with some dose of Americana almost in every song. The main difference is his international band plays music,rooted in African,Eastern or South European tradition (heavily mixing it with so well known Frisell.

It's interesting,that even if the difference between The Intercontinentals and many other more classic Frisell's albums are quite obvious, you will need some listening just to get it. The main reason is possibly that so specific Frisell's musical techniques,when even not musical material is matter. Working with different musical material Frisell put his signature on final result,you can't make a mistake - it's Frisell's music first of all.Even if you will hear some funk or Brazilian vocals on one or another composition.

I believe Bill's journey to world music is really positive change - his music became too predictable last years,he really needed some new ideas and sounds. Happily,new material (of unusual for him origin) didn't change his music radically, just added some new spices in old good dish.

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