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|Bill Frisell||Primary Artist, Guitar|
|Bill Frisell||Arranger, Composer|
Posted May 9, 2011
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.