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Artist’s Choice: Anthony Wilson on Bill Frisell

One guitarist/composer's recommendations on another

Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell (photo: Michael Wilson)

Upon first hearing Bill Frisell during the late ’80s, I was shocked, confounded and filled with joy-joy at hearing the guitar played with such a personal voice, such attention to sound and such wry humor. I have followed Bill’s career closely, seen him live countless times and been continuously inspired by the varied pathways he’s taken in expanding and refining his vision. I am also in awe of his gifts as a composer: In his work, unforgettable melodies, layered orchestrations and richly developed structures are integrated seamlessly with improvisation. I relished this opportunity to go back through his vast array of recordings and select some of my favorite tracks.

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