Seattle-based guitarist Bill Frisell’s music encompasses a wide swath of American music from rock, R&B and soul, avant garde classical, film scores, country and, of course, jazz.
Frisell’s own words from an interview in The Wire magazine speak clearly to his musical evolution: "When I was 16, I was listening to a lot of surfing music, a lot of English rock. Then I saw Wes Montgomery and somehow that kind of turned me around. Later, Jim Hall made a big impression on me and I took some lessons with him. I suppose I play the kind of harmonic things Jim would play but with a sound that comes from Jimi Hendrix."
Frisell's discography is eclectic, to be sure. And so are the music choices he recently sent along to CBC Music. Below is a snapshot of some of the albums that feed the omnivorous listening habits of one of America’s most acclaimed guitarists.
1. "Don't Mess with Mr. T," Stanley Turrentine.
2 "Crime and Dissonance," Ennio Morricone.
3. "Echoes of Indiana Avenue," Wes Montgomery.
4. "Miles Smiles," Miles Davis.
5. "Peaceful Side," Billy Strayhorn.
6. "After Laughter Comes Tears," the title track from the complete Stax Volt recordings of Wendy René.
7. "In a Silent Way," John Cage and Morton Feldman.
8. “Decca presents selections from Porgy and Bess,” George Gershwin.
Frisell is touring his John Lennon inspired show called “All We Are Saying” in Canada this summer with stops at the Vancouver Jazz Festival Jun 22, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Jun 24, the Toronto Jazz Festival Jun 26, the Ottawa Jazz Festival Jun 27 and the Montreal Jazz Festival Jun 28 & 29. Frisell is also appearing in Nelson, and Penticton at non-festival shows on Jun 20 and 21.
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on Jun 20, 2012