16 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting some earlier pieces while forging ahead on a high creative level, guitar master Bill Frisell offers a manifesto of sorts with Music IS. The tuneful simplicity of “Thankful,” the wobbly elegance of “Monica Jane,” the slow melodic arc of “Ron Carter,” the angular blues of “Winslow Homer”: Frisell’s broad aesthetic range and sense of invention couldn’t be clearer. His tones on electric and acoustic are endlessly varied, his effects weird yet tasteful, and his harmonic detours always engrossing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting some earlier pieces while forging ahead on a high creative level, guitar master Bill Frisell offers a manifesto of sorts with Music IS. The tuneful simplicity of “Thankful,” the wobbly elegance of “Monica Jane,” the slow melodic arc of “Ron Carter,” the angular blues of “Winslow Homer”: Frisell’s broad aesthetic range and sense of invention couldn’t be clearer. His tones on electric and acoustic are endlessly varied, his effects weird yet tasteful, and his harmonic detours always engrossing.

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