Live Review

Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood”


Too bad, I'd kind of looked forward to a Frisell versionof In A Silent Way!
You'd probably like his Nashville CD.  A while ago now, but very nice.  And, of course, his work on the Majestic Silver Strings, Buddy Miller's recent CD.

My apologies Ron In a Silent Way was remixed by Bill Laswell not Frisell and McLaughlin was of course on guitar. The album in question is Panthalassa.
Here in the UK we got a live broadcast of Bill Frisell on Radio 3's Jazz on 3 recently which is where I heard the Beatles covers.

Can you give a link for the In A Silent Way you are referring to?  The original Miles Davis has John McLaughlin on guitar.

Great to see a jazz review on No Depression, thanks Jake. I love Mr Frisell's work and his covers (Beatles etc) but especially his remixed In A Silent Way.

And now I see from an article on ND that Frisell is working with Lucinda Williams, and that a full album of the collaboration will be released early next year.  Does the man ever sleep?

The first Bill Frisell cd I bought was "Gone Just Like A Train" and since then I don't believe I've missed anything that he's been on.  I was captivated and amazed.  I've had the opportunity to see him in SF at a tribute to Jim Hall, at the SF Jazz Fest with Vinicius Cantuaria, with three different versions of his quartets, and recently (along with Brian Blades) backing up Jenny Scheinman here in Portland.  The man is a visionary of the guitar, but, as you mentioned in your article, able to take a piece like Dylan's "A Hard Rain..." and give it a simple yet thorough treatment.  Whether it's "Good Dog, Happy Man", "The Intercontinentals", or any of his soundtracks, the man never fails to impress and amaze me.

One's head can spin trying to get a handle on Frisell.  I've been recently thinking about him a lot, not actually because I was trying to think about him, but because he was coming up in so many different contexts.
I'm very fond of the music of violinist Jenny Scheinman, who often plays in his more straight-ahead jazz groups, but who recently has an album of rootsy vocal music called The Littlest Prisoner.  Frisell is her main accompanist, along with drummer Brian Blades.
This got me to thinking about another jazz/roots crossover artist, pianist/composer Robin Holcomb, who also has a Frisell connection. For instance, he brought her in to do the three vocals on his album Nashville, which is in turn a kind of jazz take on country and roots music.
And then yesterday I was on the commuter train and decided to do something I rarely do, listen to music from my mobile phone.  First up? Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings, featuring Bill Frisell on atmospheric guitar, sounding a lot like pedal steel.
The only time I have seen him perform he was touring his album of John Lennon covers, All We Are Saying.  Great jazz concert but with those familiar melodies, and they have been recently (randomly) coming up on some of my playlists.

I missed the boat on this campaign, but the documentary looks phenomenal.  

Good review Jake.  I too am late to this game.  My curiosity comes from seeing Bill's name pop up on the recordings of a wide variety of artists in many genres.  Here is a loving description from Allmusic
Here is a list of his session work from the same source


   Very interesting, like you, I am a very avid bluegrass player and listener, yet, I found myself very intrigued by Frissells jazz type play and his very unique musical structure. I found some samples to Nashville on Amazon on here and that interested me the most, very good look at Bill Frisell. Definitely, jazz, but with capabilities as well.