Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After a nine-year hiatus, Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet recorded their second offering. Their elliptical debut, Richter 858, was produced by poet David Breskin (who also helmed the sessions for Nels Cline's Dirty Baby), and accompanied an exhibition by German artist Gerhard Richter. The music on Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet was loosely composed by Frisell, and took shape in group rehearsals. 858's other members include violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, and cellist Hank Roberts. Recorded at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco and produced by Lee Townsend, the 17 selections on this set feel very organic. The album opens with Americana-tinged themes in the ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $12.76   
  • New (4) from $12.76   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After a nine-year hiatus, Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet recorded their second offering. Their elliptical debut, Richter 858, was produced by poet David Breskin (who also helmed the sessions for Nels Cline's Dirty Baby), and accompanied an exhibition by German artist Gerhard Richter. The music on Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet was loosely composed by Frisell, and took shape in group rehearsals. 858's other members include violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, and cellist Hank Roberts. Recorded at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco and produced by Lee Townsend, the 17 selections on this set feel very organic. The album opens with Americana-tinged themes in the two-part "It's a Long Story" that nod to country, folk, and even Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" in its melody. "Old Times" hints at bluegrass, blues, and ragtime, but because of the complex interplay between the four players, reaches far past them into a music that is 858's own. "Friend of Mine" is another two-part tune; that said, where a pastoral theme is suggested in part one, a more mischievous one responds in the second some eight tracks later. Elsewhere, improvised classical motifs, jazz modes, and folk and other roots musics shimmer through these compositions, sometimes simultaneously and often spontaneously. The haunted yet restrained "Painter," which clocks in at under two minutes, is a modal sketch immediately followed by an equally brief, slightly dissonant pointillistic exercise in counterpoint called "Teacher." "All the People, All the Time" returns to more accessible and resonant territory but, as gentle as it is, it's full of quiet surprises and unexpected twists. For all of its space and economical phrasing, "Village" is downright cartoon spooky, and "Suitcase in My Hand," which jaunts along in a striding, near reel, is transformed by Scheinman playing country-style fiddle, though the rhythmic signature never changes. "Sixty Four," with its pulsing time and repetitive, slightly shifting harmonic line, feels -- but not quite sounds -- like something Philip Glass might have written if he had a sense of humor, and is the only place on the record where Frisell lets somewhat ragged sonic edges into his playing. Sign of Life is a curious, quirky, and deceptively low-key affair that is musically labyrinthine and ambitious; it's full of gorgeous spaces, textures, utterly instinctive interplay, and unexpected delight.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041781826
  • Catalog Number: 17818
  • Sales rank: 15,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'ts a Long Story, Pt. 1 (2:40)
  2. 2 Old Times (4:59)
  3. 3 Sign of Life (2:49)
  4. 4 Friend of Mine, Pt. 1 (5:48)
  5. 5 Wonderland (3:18)
  6. 6 It's a Long Story, Pt. 2 (6:32)
  7. 7 Mother Daughter (2:20)
  8. 8 Youngster (3:01)
  9. 9 Recollection (2:54)
  10. 10 Suitcase In My Hand (2:22)
  11. 11 Sixty Four (3:52)
  12. 12 Friend of Mine, Pt. 2 (1:49)
  13. 13 Painter (1:14)
  14. 14 Teacher (1:28)
  15. 15 All the People, All the Time (2:05)
  16. 16 Village (4:20)
  17. 17 As It Should Be (1:52)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Frisell Primary Artist, Guitar
Hank Roberts Cello
Eyvind Kang Viola
Jenny Scheinman Violin
Technical Credits
Hank Roberts Arranger
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bill Frisell Arranger, Composer
Adam Muñoz Engineer
Lee Townsend Producer
Eyvind Kang Arranger
Jenny Scheinman Arranger
Gwen Terpstra Artwork
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    A Wonderful CD

    For my money (and in this case it was very well spent), Bill Frisell is a musical genius and not able to be put into any specific category, though it seems he is often referred to as a jazz player or practitioner of "Americana". This CD consists of compositions that were composed by Frisell and rehearsed over a two week period from late September 2010 to Mid October 2010 in Vermont and and then recorded at the end of October in California. Frisell is one of the few guitarists who uses effects in an artistic fashion as opposed to gratuitously for their own sake and in so doing creates marvelous and interesting sound scapes. This is Frisell's 858 Quartet which consists of Eyvind Kang on viola, Hank Roberts on cello, Jenny Scheinman on violin and of course Frisell on guitar, so in effect it's a string quartet with one of the violas being replaced by the guitar. A great combination and one that in lesser hands might sound muddy and indistinct yet not in the hands of the masterful Mr. Frisell. The music is collaborative in nature; the liner notes state "All music composed by Bill Frisell...All arrangements (on the spot and subject to change) by Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts and Jenny Scheinman." It's well worth your listening time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews