Orchestras (Live) Bill Frisell

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Label: Blue Note Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Crossover Jazz

Artist: Bill Frisell

Composer: Bill Frisell (1951)

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  • 1Nocturne Vulgaire (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)03:15
  • 2Lush Life (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)05:08
  • 3Doom (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)04:47
  • 4Rag (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)04:25
  • 5Throughout (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)06:01
  • 6Electricity (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)05:56
  • 7Sweet Rain (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)05:58
  • 8Richter 858, No. 7 (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)07:03
  • 9Beautiful Dreamer (Live/Brussels Philharmonic)03:50
  • 10Lookout for Hope (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)07:11
  • 11Levees (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)04:28
  • 12Strange Meeting (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)06:22
  • 13Doom (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)06:32
  • 14Electricity (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)04:08
  • 15Monica Jane (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)06:48
  • 16We Shall Overcome (Live/Umbria Jazz Orchestra)04:47
  • Total Runtime01:26:39

Info for Orchestras (Live)

The fact that guitarist Bill Frisell can make his instrument sound like an orchestra has often been heard and read about. His new album "Orchestras" now documents two inspired concerts that Frisell gave with his long-standing trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston and two famous orchestras, the almost 60-piece Brussels Philharmonic and the 11-piece Umbria Jazz Orchestra. The works performed at both concerts were arranged by none other than the now 86-year-old legendary Michael Gibbs, with whom Frisell has worked on several occasions.

The atmospheric, complex performances go far beyond what standard "with strings" jazz projects have to offer. The multi-layered, undulating orchestration is sometimes reminiscent of third-stream works, sometimes of sophisticated film music and sometimes of genre-bending masters such as Gil Evans. Bill Frisell's characteristic, shimmering guitar sound merges in a fascinating way with the symphonic sound of the strings and brass.

Bill Frisell Trio
Brussels Philharmonic
Alexander Hanson, Umbria Jazz Orchestra
Manuele Morbidini,

Bill Frisell
Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade."

Released March of ’18, Frisell’s latest album for OKeh/Sony is a solo album titled, Music IS - "Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory."- Chicago Reader. It was recorded in August, 2017 at Tucker Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend. All of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell, some of them brand new – Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky – others being solo adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. In Line, and Rambler are from Frisell’s first two ECM albums.

Frisell’s previous project, the Grammy nominated When You Wish Upon a Star also with OKeh/Sony, germinated at Lincoln Center during his two-year appointment as guest curator for the Roots of Americana series (September ’13 – May ’15). It features Frisell with vocalist Petra Haden, Eyvind Kang (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) performing Frisell’s arrangements and interpretations of Music from Film and Television. Jazz Times described the project as follows: "unforgettable themes are the real draw here, reconfigured with ingenuity, wit and affection by Frisell and a terrific group."

"Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music... There’s a reason that Jazz at Lincoln Center had him program a series called Roots of Americana." - New York Times

Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer among others. In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music. Upon San Francisco Jazz opening their doors in 2013, he served as one of their Resident Artistic Directors. Bill is also the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.

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