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Though the title of this album by avant-jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is clunky, the music within moves with the assuredness and high internal drama of a Clint Eastwood cowboy film. Frisell�s cinematic songwriting often recalls this image, but the leanness of a trio makes the pictures even more vivid. And what a trio: The illustrious and powerful drummer Elvin Jones plays as smoothly as the gait of a fine Arabian mare, tempering his drums to fit Frisell�s moods. On the cover of Henry Mancini�s �Moon River,� Jones�s simple brushes illustrate the song�s romantic innocence. He uses them again to sweeten the mournful �Again,� but only after setting the mood with an opening power play. Bassist Dave Holland, no slouch himself in the annals of jazz, converses with the guitarist as if they were long-lost brothers, often playful and usually supportive. Their two instruments even get into a bit of an argument on �Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa� before sliding into sync. On �Convict 13� Holland plays as simply as a blues-band bassist. Much of the project has this loose, unrehearsed feel. These players have never worked as a trio before, and it is their striving for common ground that gives the CD its excitement and beauty.
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This recording does not burn. It is laid back and awesome. If you are reading this, then you know the 3 artists here need nothing said about them. I listen to this instrumental cd at night, while cooking, reading. It drones along and is beautiful.