Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell



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.



Small Town
Small Town is a live album by Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan recorded at the Village Vanguard in 2016 and released on the ECM label the following year.
Guitar in the Space Age!
Guitar in the Space Age!
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.
When You Wish Upon a Star
When You Wish Upon a Star is an album of motion picture themes by Bill Frisell which was released on the OKeh label in 2016.

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Popular Albums45

Album Appearances & References124

Popular Songs1

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Popular Live Albums2

Live Album Appearances & References2

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Collaborators & Influencers30

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Spotify - Albums & Singles82


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A recap of the best jazz albums of 2017
  –  December 26, 2017
Ron Miles, “I Am a Man” (Enja/Yellowbird) The cornetist has long been a reliable source for deft compositions and musical conversation with collaborators Bill Frisell and Brian Blade. Here he reaches to greater heights with bassist Thomas Morgan and ...
Portland pianists double up at Riverhouse Jazz
  –  December 21, 2017
In the other is Darrell Grant, associate director of the School of Music at Portland State University who has played with Brian Blade, Tony Williams and Bill Frisell. Each brings a different approach to the instrument — from Grant’s classical and gospe ...
The Jazz Albums Of 2017 And The Power Of Gatekeepers
  –  December 20, 2017
2. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Small Town (ECM). The close attention Frisell requires from listeners begins with the close attention he requires from the other musicians in the studio or on the bandstand with him — as in the case of this quietly ...
The 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll
  –  December 20, 2017
Matt Mitchell, A Pouting Grimace (Pi) 82 (16) 18. Ahmad Jamal, Marseille (Jazz Village/PIAS) 80.5 (10) 19. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Small Town (ECM) 78 (13) 20. Wadada Leo Smith, Solo: Reflections And Meditations On Monk (TUM) 77.5 (15) 21.
Top albums of 2017: Alexander Varty
  –  December 20, 2017
Video of Ralph Towner - My Foolish Heart - Solo in Leipzig A late-career masterpiece from one of my guitar heroes, My Foolish Heart also shows why Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, and especially Nels Cline consider Ralph Towner a lifelong source of inspiration.
The week's best Twin Cities jazz: John Raymond, George Winston, the Bad Plus
  –  December 19, 2017
(8 p.m. Wed., Black Dog, St. Paul, donations accepted, Ethan Iverson’s swan song When the Bad Plus performed with guitarist Bill Frisell at the Walker this fall, pianist Ethan Iverson felt like the odd man out of an otherwise ...
Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017)
  –  December 17, 2017
The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews ...
Danny Barnes
  –  December 17, 2017
Since then, he has performed and recorded as a solo artist, as well as collaborating with Bill Frisell, Dave Matthews, Jeff Austin and other musicians. In 2013, Barnes and Max Brody formed the Test Apes.
Minneapolis jazz band the Bad Plus prepares for final shows with original lineup
  –  December 14, 2017
They all went to shows at the Dakota and the Walker in the 1980s, young musicians hip to McCoy Tyner and Bill Frisell. Sometime in 1990, Anderson recalled, “we got together once in my parents’ living room. That was an unremarkable meeting. We were just ...
Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'
  –  December 14, 2017
Many musicians claim their work is “unclassifiable,” but the term applies especially to Bill Frisell, who over the years has been filed under “jazz,” “rock,” “Americana” and even “classical.” The genteel guitarist will bring his ...
Movie guide: What's opening in Hollywood this week and Critics' Choices
  –  December 13, 2017
“Beyond Skyline” — Sci-fi action. With Frank Grillo. Written and directed by Liam O’Donnell. “Bill Frisell: A Portrait” — Documentary. Featuring Frisell, Bonnie Raitt, Hal Willner. Directed by Emma Franz. “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children ...
Nels Cline, John Scofield & John Medeski Among Those To Perform At NYC Benefit
  –  December 13, 2017
The event is a fundraiser for the Creative Music Studio. Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein, Nels Cline, Bill Frisell, Billy Martin, John Medeski, John Scofield and Tony Scherr are the first musicians to be announced that will perform at lpr on February 6.
Jazz Cornetist Ron Miles: Politics And Spirituality Influence ‘I Am A Man’
  –  December 11, 2017
Miles was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame alongside guitarist Bill Frisell as part of the hall's “Jazz masters and beyond” class. Frisell also plays on “I Am a Man,” joining New Orleans drummer Brian Blade, pianist Jason ...
Review: ‘Bill Frisell,’ a Winning Portrait of a Very Nice Guitarist
  –  December 6, 2017
Bill Frisell, the genre-spanning guitarist, is such a busy musician these days that a new documentary about him doesn’t feature any archival footage from his long career until about an hour and 20 minutes into its nearly two-hour running time. Early on ...
Quietly successful: Meet the man behind ECM Records
  –  November 21, 2017
“From the beginning, everything about ECM seemed different, better: the quality of the sound, the mysterious record covers, even the vinyl looked thicker,” says innovative American guitarist Bill Frisell, who would make his major label debut with ECM ...
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 ...

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