Bill Frisell

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Bill Frisell
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Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell
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Motian Trio: Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Joe Lovano
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Motian Trio: Joe Lovano, Paul Motian and Bill Frisell
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Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano
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Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, and Joe Lovano
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L to R: Bill Frisell, Christos Govetas, Sidiki Camara, Greg Leisz, Vinicius Cantuaria and Jenny Scheinman
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Steven Bernstein and Sex Mob, joined by DJ Logic and Bill Frisell, at the Wall-to-Wall Miles Davis 12-hour concert, 2001
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Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Paul Motian
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Jim Hall and Bill Frisell
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Jim Hall and Bill Frisell
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Jim Hall (left) and Bill Frisell track duets at Tony Scherr's home studio
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Always a very original guitarist with a sound of his own, Bill Frisell mixes together the influence of Jim Hall with aspects of country music, avant-garde jazz, rock and his own fertile imagination. Born in Baltimore in 1951, Frisell grew up in Denver. He played clarinet starting in fourth grade and at one time thought of becoming a classical clarinetist. He found his way to the guitar and, after a period playing rock and R&B, he discovered Wes Montgomery and jazz. Frisell studied at the University of Northern Colorado with guitarist Johnny Smith, attended the Berklee College of Music, had a few lessons with Hall, and began developing his echoey atmospheric sound, utilizing volume pedals, delay, reverb, distortion and octave shifters in unusual ways. In the late 1970s he began a decade-long association with ECM, utilizing such musicians as Jan Garbarek and Paul Motian on recordings that established his reputation and made him an influential force.

He worked in New York in adventurous settings and since that time has collaborated with such musicians as John Zorn, Tim Berne, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull and Ginger Baker. His early 1990s recording Have a Little Faith includes a diverse group of compositions by artists ranging from Aaron Copland and John Phillips Sousa to Bob Dylan and Madonna. Frisell composed soundtracks for the films of Buster Keaton, recorded a trio set with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones, and explored the country and bluegrass music of Nashville in his own fresh way. Among his most important work was with his 1980s quartet consisting of cellist Hank Roberts, bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron, his collaborations with John Zorn (including Naked City), and his recordings with Paul Motian’s trio that include Joe Lovano. There is no mistaking Bill Frisell for anyone else.

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Articles on Bill Frisell

12/27/14    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Guitar in the Space Age!
Bill Frisell

12/09/14    News    By JazzTimes

Bill Frisell to Perform Film and TV Classics at JALC

11/01/14    Photos    By Santa Istvan Csaba

Photo Gallery: Bill Frisell in Torino, Italy

10/10/13    Video Log    By JazzTimes

Video Feature: Jakob Bro

09/09/13    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

Review: The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

08/21/13    Albums    By Evan Haga

Big Sur
Bill Frisell

03/22/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Bad Plus & Bill Frisell to Play JALC

01/10/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Sony Classical to Relaunch OKeh Records as Jazz Label

12/05/12    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Enfants Terribles: Live At The Blue Note
Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron

08/02/12    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Bill Frisell: Fear and Composing

07/25/12    Artist's Choice    By Anthony Wilson

Artist's Choice: Anthony Wilson on Bill Frisell

06/29/12    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Frisell, Clarke, Hiromi and Spectrum Road at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival

06/27/12    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Preview of 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival

04/19/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards $5.775 Million to 21 Artists

03/19/12    News    By Megan Kaplon

Monterey Jazz Festival Receives Grants

03/17/12    Farewells    By Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell Remembers Paul Motian

02/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

TD Vancouver Int’l Jazz Festival Announces Major Headliners

01/08/12    Albums    By Philip Booth

all we are saying ...
Bill Frisell

12/09/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bill Frisell Free Public Interview & Performance Today in NYC

09/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

2012 Portland Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

05/25/11    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Sign of Life
Bill Frisell

05/25/11    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Sign of Life
Bill Frisell

05/24/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Bill Frisell to Premiere New Work at Ellnora Guitar Festival in Illinois

April 2011    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Lágrimas Mexicanas
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell

April 2011    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Lágrimas Mexicanas
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell

03/04/11    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Guitars Gone Crazy: Frisell, Cantuária and the Celestial Septet

December 2010    Features    By Shaun Brady

Sounds for Silence: Jazz & Silent Films

10/13/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Earshot Jazz Festival Kicks Off in Seattle

October 2010    Albums    By Bill DeMain

Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell

October 2010    Albums    By Bill DeMain

Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell

05/18/10    News    By Aubrey Everett

Preview of 25th Vancouver International Jazz Festival

04/19/10    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Savannah Music Festival

November 2009    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Disfarmer
Bill Frisell

November 2009    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Disfarmer
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09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

04/28/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Two Bill Frisell DVDs Coming This Fall

April 2009    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Hemispheres
Jim Hall & Bill Frisell

April 2009    Features    By Evan Haga

Bill Frisell and Jim Hall: Free Stylists

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

December 2008    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Jazz and Country Fusion: The Searchers

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

08/25/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

JVC Jazz Festival - Newport

08/05/08    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz '08

August 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

History, Mystery
Bill Frisell

03/10/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Dennis Irwin Benefit Concert

September 2007    Albums    By Michael J. West

Floratone
Matt Chamberlain/Bill Frisell/Tucker Martine/Lee Townsend

08/07/07    Concerts    By Bret Saunders

Telluride Jazz Celebration

07/10/07    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

July/August 2007    Features    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano: Trio In Motian

May 2007    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Time and Time Again
Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano

11/19/06    Concerts    By Nick Breul

Bill Frisell's Unspeakable Orchestra

November 2006    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian
Bill Frisell

November 2006    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian
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09/11/06    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell

07/17/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Bohemia Jazz Fest 2006

July/August 2006    JT Notes    By Lee Mergner

People Get Together

July/August 2006    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Nonstandards Fare: Jazz and Pop

06/21/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Sweet Lorraine: A Jazz Celebration for the Village Vanguard

May 2006    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers
Jack DeJohnette featuring Bill Frisell

May 2006    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers
Jack DeJohnette featuring Bill Frisell

02/28/06    By Doug Ramsey

Concerts — May 2006

January/February 2006    Top 50 CDs of 2005    By

I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

11/08/05    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

JazzFest Berlin 2005

November 2005    Albums    By Russell Carlson

East West
Bill Frisell

November 2005    Albums    By Russell Carlson

East West
Bill Frisell

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute
Various Artists

09/21/05    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition

April 2005    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

Richter 858
Bill Frisell and the 858 Quartet

April 2005    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

Richter 858
Bill Frisell and the 858 Quartet

March 2005    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell
Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell

March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

March 2005    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell
Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell

March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

I Have the Room Above Her
Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano

January/February 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

Unspeakable
Bill Frisell

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

January/February 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

Unspeakable
Bill Frisell

January/February 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

05/02/04    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Bill Frisell Trio in New York

July/August 2003    Features    By Aaron Steinberg

Bill Frisell: Nothing to Talk About

May 2003    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

The Intercontinentals
Bill Frisell

October 2002    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

The Willies
Bill Frisell

06/10/02    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Bill Frisell and Jim Woodring - "Mysterio Simpatico"

June 2002    Books    By Christopher Porter

Trosper: Drawings/Story
Jim Woodring

March 2002    Albums    By John Litweiler

Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
Bill Frisell/Dave Holland/Elvin Jones

01/22/02    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

New York Guitar Festival Marathon

July/August 2001    Albums    By Jim Ferguson

Reunion
Dale Bruning with special guest Bill Frisell

05/23/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2001

May 2001    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Blues Dream
Bill Frisell

July/August 2000    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Ghost Town
Bill Frisell

December 1999    Albums    By Josef Woodard

The Sweetest Punch, Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach
Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello

September 1999    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Good Dog, Happy Man
Bill Frisell

March 1999    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Songs We Know
Fred Hersch/Bill Frisell

May 1998    Albums    By Jim Ferguson

Gone, Just Like A Train
Bill Frisell

October 1997    Movies    By Chuck Berg

The Guitar Artistry of Bill Frisell
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September 1997    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Nashville
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Albums

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Gone, Just Like A Train

Nonesuch Records
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Nashville

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Good Dog, Happy Man

Nonesuch Records
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The Sweetest Punch, Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach

Decca Records
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Ghost Town

Nonesuch Records
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Blues Dream

Nonesuch Records
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Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones

Nonesuch Records
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The Willies

Nonesuch Records
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The Intercontinentals

Nonesuch Records
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Unspeakable

Nonesuch Records
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Songs We Know

Nonesuch Records
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I Have the Room Above Her

ECM Records
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Richter 858

Songlines
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Petra Hayden and Bill Frisell

Sovereign
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East West

Nonesuch Records

12 Songs

Cryptogramophone
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The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers

Golden Beams
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Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian

Nonesuch Records
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Reunion

Jazz Link Enterprises
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Time and Time Again

ECM Records
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Floratone

Blue Note Records
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History, Mystery

Nonesuch Records
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Hemispheres

ArtistShare
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Disfarmer

Nonesuch Records
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Beautiful Dreamers

Savoy
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Lágrimas Mexicanas

E1 Music
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Sign of Life

Savoy
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