This Land

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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Famed photographer Walker Evans' black-and-white photo of a rural Mississippi railroad station sets the stage for guitarist Bill Frisell's homespun depiction of Americana on this 1994 release. Here, the artist and his horn-based sextet serve up an aural panorama consisting of country blues motifs, modern jazz, and even Caribbean grooves. The guitarist's now familiar penchant for constructing climactic opuses framed upon his deft utilization of volume control and often-slithery mode of attack counterbalances the horn sections' pumping notes and harmonious choruses. Essentially, melody is the key throughout these pleasantly arranged pieces, as Frisell makes his axe talk ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Famed photographer Walker Evans' black-and-white photo of a rural Mississippi railroad station sets the stage for guitarist Bill Frisell's homespun depiction of Americana on this 1994 release. Here, the artist and his horn-based sextet serve up an aural panorama consisting of country blues motifs, modern jazz, and even Caribbean grooves. The guitarist's now familiar penchant for constructing climactic opuses framed upon his deft utilization of volume control and often-slithery mode of attack counterbalances the horn sections' pumping notes and harmonious choruses. Essentially, melody is the key throughout these pleasantly arranged pieces, as Frisell makes his axe talk and cry while also partaking in lustrous unison lines with Don Byron clarinet, Curtis Fowlkes trombone, and Billy Drewes alto sax. Overall, This Land signifies yet another powerful statement by this wonderfully inventive musician. Recommended!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/1994
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597931624
  • Catalog Number: 79316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Is It Sweet? (5:05)
  2. 2 Strange Meeting (6:18)
  3. 3 Jimmy Carter, Pt. 1 (2:03)
  4. 4 Jimmy Carter, Pt. 2 (5:22)
  5. 5 This Land (3:11)
  6. 6 Dog Eat Dog (4:17)
  7. 7 Amarillo, Barbados (4:13)
  8. 8 Monica Jane (4:59)
  9. 9 Resistor (6:56)
  10. 10 Julius Hemphill (9:53)
  11. 11 Unscientific Americans (0:46)
  12. 12 Cartoon (6:22)
  13. 13 Rag (4:18)
  14. 14 Tag (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Frisell Primary Artist, Guitar
Don Byron Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Joey Baron Drums
Kermit Driscoll Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Curtis Fowlkes Trombone
Billy Drewes Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joe Ferla Engineer
Lee Townsend Producer
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