Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

 

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William Richard Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. He was also a longtime member of Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until Motian's death in 2011. Since 2000, Frisell's eclectic output as a bandleader has emphasized folk, country music, and Americana.

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Nashville
 
Nashville is the ninth album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label and his first to be recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
Guitar in the Space Age!
 
Guitar in the Space Age! is an album by Bill Frisell featuring interpretations of songs and instrumentals from the 1960s which was released on the OKeh label in 2014.
Have a Little Faith
 
Have a Little Faith is the fourth album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label.
East/West
 
EastFurther West.

Photos - Bill Frisell110

Popular Albums42

Album Appearances & References120

Popular Songs1

Song Appearances & References3

Popular Live Albums2

Live Album Appearances & References2

Musical Group References2

Minor Film Appearances & References3

Collaborators & Influencers27

Other Music-Related Relationships28

Personal & Professional Relationships1

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Spotify - Albums & Singles73

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On43

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts12

News Articles21

Sam Amidon & Last Good Tooth | Half Moon | October 11
  –  October 23, 2017
Praised by Pitchfork and the New York Times, Sam signed to Nonesuch Records for his fourth album, Bright Sunny South, which features guest guitarist Bill Frisell; the label recently released his fifth, The Following Mountain. The singer-songwriter sets his ...
This Sweet Old World
  –  October 23, 2017
On her two latest albums, the trio was augmented by ace guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, who brought jazz improv and the Grateful Dead into the mix. An album with songs as great as “Pineola”, “Little Angel Little Brother”, the title track ...
Colorado Music Hall Of Fame Set To Honor ‘Jazz Masters and Beyond’
  –  October 22, 2017
Bill Frisell attended the University of Northern Colorado, and held the No. 1 spot for guitar in the DownBeat Critics Poll in nine out of 10 years. – Ron Miles studied music at the University of Denver and gained national exposure with his music.
Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland join together
  –  October 21, 2017
Since this genre-defining recording, Holland performed with everyone from Chick Corea to Bill Frisell and led his own highly acclaimed quartet, quintet, octet and big band. His most recent session is the soon-to-be-released Blue Maqams with oud player ...
Overrated/Underrated: The ugly loop of 'Rick and Morty' and its secret sauce, and 'Sky Music' honors a master
  –  October 21, 2017
Though the contributors from the U.S. are enough to merit seeking out — Bill Frisell’s melancholy “Ørnen” and an atmospheric guitar-cello duet from Nels Cline and Erik Friedlander, to name two — it’s the jazz-rock Scandinavian super group that ...
Bill Frisell Announces New York Residencies, Free Show
  –  October 20, 2017
Following a run of shows this month at the Village Vanguard with The Bad Plus, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell will stay in New York for two additional residencies. Frisell has a long history as a guitar innovator, an in-house studio musician for ECM Records ...
Berklee pays tribute to Bill Frisell and Michael Gibbs
  –  October 20, 2017
Celebrated guitarist Bill Frisell and composer Michael Gibbs received honorary doctor of music degrees from Berklee College of Music during a concert celebrating Gibbs’s 80th birthday. Presenting the degrees, Berklee’s president, Roger Brown, said ...
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Presented by Comfort Dental
  –  October 19, 2017
The evening features performances from some members of the induction class—jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and her Band, guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpeter Ron Miles, Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind, & Fire with Friends. (Photo: Business Wire ...
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Presented by Comfort Dental
  –  October 19, 2017
The evening features performances from some members of the induction class—jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and her Band, guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpeter Ron Miles, Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind, & Fire with Friends. A closer look at all the ...
Crowbar, The Wailers, P!nk and more for your music calendar
  –  October 18, 2017
Jazz Masters & Beyond, with Philip Bailey & Larry Dunn, Dianne Reeves, Bill Frisell and Ron Miles, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 28 Christmas Jam, with Chris Young, Chris Janson and Chris Lane, 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Dec. 14 The Wailers, Colorado ...
TGIF: Happenings — what’s coming up in Northeast Ohio starting Oct. 20
  –  October 18, 2017
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Dec. 3; Todd Rundgren, Dec. 5; The Zombies, March 24; Asleep at the Wheel, April 15. Call 330-677-5005 or visit www.kentstage.org. Lorain Palace Theater: 617 Broadway, Lorain, presents The Lovin’ Spoonful, Gary Lewis & The ...
Concord Music buys Savoy Label Group
  –  October 15, 2017
These include older ones by such artists as saxophonists Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, and trumpeter Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as newer ones by such acts as vocalist Etta Jones, and guitarists Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell. Savoy ...
Film Stock Found in Permafrost Screens in Hanover
  –  October 13, 2017
The show begins at 7 p.m. A post-screening discussion with Morrison follows. Morrison’s films have been seen at Dartmouth before: in 2011 he and guitarist Bill Frisell brought their collaboration The Great Flood, about the 1927 Mississippi River flood ...
Guitarists Join Forces to Salute Norwegian Jazz Guitarist Terje Rypdal
  –  October 12, 2017
Bill Frisell, among the greatest jazz guitarists of his (or arguably any) generation, says, “I have no problem admitting that I stole like crazy from him. And Henry Kaiser, a paragon of the avant-garde for four decades, states, “It may not seem ...
Sam Smith, St. Vincent and Every New Denver Concert Announcement
  –  October 12, 2017
November 28, with Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn (of Earth, Wind & Fire) With Friends, honoring co-member and inductee Andrew Woolfolk, Dianne Reeves and Her Band, Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, with an induction celebration of Charles Burrell and East High School.
Various Artists: Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal
  –  October 12, 2017
Elegant solo tracks by Bill Frisell, David Torn and Nels Cline (with cellist Erik Friedlander) are just the icing on the cake on an album that otherwise consists of explosive tunes from guitarists Even Helte Hermansen, Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen ...
Two generations of Concord Residents Launch Rare Guitar Exhibit that is Music to People's Ears
  –  October 12, 2017
The exhibit remains open until October 22nd when it will wrap up with a symposium featuring world renowned luthiers (guitar builders) and an evening concert with Jazz artist Bill Frisell. Wilson Schünemann, founder of Klein Community right here in Concord ...
Tickets on Sale Friday for Colorado Music Hall of Fame's Induction of JAZZ MASTERS
  –  October 9, 2017
The evening features performances from some members of the induction class-jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and her Band, guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpeter Ron Miles, Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind, & Fire with Friends. A closer look at all the ...
Jazz guitar great Bill Frisell releases album for storm relief
  –  October 2, 2017
While Bill Frisell doesn't quite have the cultural muscle of Bruce Springsteen, he's still a top-tier jazz guitarist with an international reach. And like Springsteen, who last week released a live album with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief ...
The week's best Twin Cities jazz: The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell, J.T. Bates with Tony Malaby
  –  September 26, 2017
Now the trio will tackle a decade’s worth of Bill Frisell, circa 1985-95, with the guitarist himself on hand. It’s a fertile period that includes Frisell’s work with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano and the dynamic Americana jazz of albums such as “Have ...
Concord Music Continues Spending Spree; Acquires Famed Jazz Label Savoy, 429 Records
  –  September 21, 2017
The deal also encompasses more recent SLG recordings from Pat Martino, Etta James, Bill Frisell, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Larry Coryell, Ravi Coltrane and Milton Nascimento, as well as a classical catalog that boasts Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and recordings ...

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