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Bill Frisell has played in groups of many sizes; here he leads a trio with an atypical lineup — the veteran guitarist is joined by Eivind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums. Frisell is well known for drawing on bop, pop, rock, folk, blues, country, and other American genres. On 2010’s Beautiful Dreamers, he interprets a wide-ranging set of songs, and performs several originals. He looks all the way back to the mid-19th century for one tune, Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer.” This version is certainly an update, but Frisell isn’t afraid to tap into the song’s old-fashioned sweetness without layering on irony. At times, Blind Willie Johnson’s “It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine” hints at the swagger and flow of Jimi Hendrix minus the heaviness. A swinging and rumbling version of Benny Goodman’s “Benny’s Bugle” finds Frisell spinning out some nice lines, and there’s a rootsy reading of A.P. Carter’s classic “”Keep On the Sunny Side,” a tune associated with the Carter Family. “Who Was That Girl?,” a Frisell original, closes the album. It’s a moody and spacious piece that sounds like late-‘60s Miles Davis with country inflections.

Customer Reviews

Greatest American Jazz guitarist?

No one active today has the range and subtle touch of Bill.....really admire his playing in a broad range of styles. This record
is a real sleeper - have been listening all morning and with every pass I pick up more. I'll live with this for a long, long time....

one listen was all it took for me to buy this gem!

The local jazz station was featuring this new disc from Bill last evening. I heard "Beautiful Dreamer" and jumped on line to buy it!...Gonna bring it to the office and hope my boss lets us play this chestnut!...SUPER RECORD FROM BILL!!!

Another terrific album by Frisell

I'm a huge Bill Frisell fan and bought this without bothering to listen to any samples. The music here didn't let me down. Beautiful Dreamer gives you some of the standard Frisell we've all come to expect, but there's also plenty of new sounds on the album. You can tell he's exploring some different directions with this trio. Gets better with repeated listening.


Born: March 18, 1951 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The defining characteristic of any given jazz musician is frequently his sound. The more control a player has over the nature of that sound, the more likely he is to project a distinctive musical personality. For example, a saxophonist has virtually unlimited physical control of the sound that comes through his horn, and therefore a wide range of tonal expression at his command, which partially explains the disproportionate number of saxophonists in the pantheon of great jazz musicians. On the other...
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