Bill Frisell may have originally made his name in jazz circles, but his range has broadened considerably over the past decade -- his latest project, The Intercontinentals, certainly has only a tangential connection to conventional jazz. Although it incorporates improvisation at times, this flagrantly eclectic band traffics in world music fusion. And a beautiful job these fellow travelers do of it. Frisell is an old hand at mixing disparate sounds; here he brings together open-minded practitioners of Brazilian, African, Greek, and American country music, along with his own, now unclassifiable playing, to produce a magically alluring hybrid genre. The band -- Christos Govetas, Vinicius Cantuária, and Sidiki Camera -- along with guests violinist Jenny Scheinman and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, are able to mesh while asserting their core musical identities, the very key to successful fusion. Along with fellow guitarist Ry Cooder, Frisell is now the leading exponent of the imaginative cross-cultural music blend. Viewed as a collective project rather than as a vehicle for his guitar playing, The Intercontinentals may be his masterpiece.
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More than 1 year ago
Another gem from the genius of Bill Frisell - His choice of musicians is impeccable. Not just an awesome guitar player, Frisell carries on the great true jazz tradition of blending different music from different cultures and creating something new,fresh,mysterious,life-affirming.....