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Bill Frisell With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones

Bill Frisell

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Album Review

What can you expect but good things from a date featuring three players of such high pedigree. With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones representing the steadfast rhythm sections of old, and with Frisell's post-modern tones being among the finest voices moving jazz forward, a date like this should easily yield some classic moments. But Frisell comes up with only partial melodies and bare bones sketches for the band to play. Jones sounds at times utterly bored with his rhythm duties, desperate for a chance to stretch out. Frisell himself is often hesitant. Henry Mancini's "Moon River" and Stephen Foster's century-and-a-half old "Hard Times" together offer brief glimpses of levity, but cannot save the set entirely.

Customer Reviews

Just Good Music

After listening to this for a day I've got to say, this is good music. It bows to no genre, and the musicianship is as egoless as it is excellent. I can see how some jazz fans may be a little frustrated by the restraint of the tunes, but I don't feel that the intent was to push the improvisational envelope. The mood rules the music, and it has more of a mellow jam-band vibe than jazz club. A good, solid record. If you like the samples you should buy it!

Seriously you guys, this is a great album

I've had this album for 6 years now, and I can truly say that it consitantly takes me to a place that i can't even describe. There are good songs, albums, and bands, but this is a Great album, packed with Great songs and Great players :) Check it out!

Lovely and atmospheric

This was my first Frisell experience. Honestly, the thing that drew me in was the cover art; It just looks so cool!!! What I found was something quite enchanting. There was a certain amount of authenticity and authority to this album. I mean, the three guys have extensive backgrounds. Here, they are a little older, a little more mature, but underneath it all, their habits and personalities shine through like they have their whole lives. The whole album feels very airy, distant, and ethereal. I always dig that. It's like the music just sort of washes over you. Frisell does that so well. For this album, he picked quite possibly the three best guys to match that quality, and they do it masterfully. Just buy this album. It's that good.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 02, 2001

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