Ghost Town

Ghost Town

by Bill Frisell


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Ghost Town

With each recording, Bill Frisell further eludes classification. Judging from the captivating solo recital GHOST TOWN, it would be a stretch to call the Seattle-based instrumentalist and composer a jazz guitarist, a label most listeners would automatically pin on him. Sure, there's improvisation here, but one would be hard pressed to say that Frisell tries to "swing" in any conventional notion of jazz rhythm. No, at this point in his three-decade career it's best to identify Frisell as a "creative" guitarist and leave it at that. For GHOST TOWN is nothing if not the work of a creative musician, one whose ambition matches his imagination and finesse as a player. Frisell's stylistic vocabulary embraces country, folk, rock, blues and new classical, among other musical genres, but his sui generis blend makes it all come out, well, "Frisellian". He takes on a smattering of familiar settings --- Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now," (from "Porgy and Bess"), The Carter Family's "Wildwood Flower," Hank Williams's classic weeper "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and John McLaughlin's "Follow Your Heart"-- but, for the most part, confines himself to original compositions that allow him to display his less-is-more, anti-guitar-hero style to great advantage. Frisell lets exacting tone and the perfectly chosen note be his expressive tools -- his taste and sly wit say more than flying fingers ever could.

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Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597958324
catalogNumber: 79583
Rank: 58917

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