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Bill Frisell: The Intercontinentals

For some time now, Bill Frisell has been content exploring American music-and why not? The folk, country and jazz that informs his music has helped stamp Frisell with a personal sound and compositional style that is thoroughly American but completely different than anyone else’s.

But with this new band, the Intercontinentals, Frisell looks well beyond American shores. Sure, there are familiar elements here: pedal-steel player and frequent Frisell collaborator Greg Leisz sits in, and Jenny Scheinman fills the violin chair. But then there are the new parts of the band: Malian percussionist Sidiki Camara, Macedonian oud/clarinet/bouzouki player Christos Govetas and Brazilian singer/guitarist/percussionist Vinicius Cantu ria.

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