Bill Frisell, solo at Grace Cathedral Long a master of creating space, Bill Frisell has built a career by manipulating the sound of his guitar to create unexpected sonic landscapes. For his return to Grace Cathedral, the soaring sanctuary and its natural seven-second reverberation will provide an unforgettable acoustic setting that will take Frisells musical explorations into new territory. Widely considered one of the big three guitarists in jazz (along with six-stringers John Scofield and Pat Metheny), Frisell was described best by The New Yorker: Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals." Free from the confines of a group, Frisells singular artistry as an improviser, composer and radical musical re-interpreter becomes crystal clear. For this performance, Frisells choice of material may roam freely from his own compositions and jazz chestnuts by Thelonious Monk to wildly unconventional takes on Bob Dylan, Madonna and the Americana of Stephen Foster, often utilizing layers of loops, delays and other electronic effects in concert with Grace Cathedrals sonorous environment to expand the sonic possibilities even further. This night is required attendance for all guitar players, and all lovers of jazz at its most unconventional.Artist PersonnelBill Frisell guitarArtist Websitebillfrisell.com"Its hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. " The New York Times"Frisell is without a doubt, the single most important guitarist in jazz, a genius who is going to have the kind of influence on his instrument Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery had before him " Seattle TimesSponsored bySave
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Label: Sony Masterworks
Manager: Songline / Tone Field Productions, Songline / Tone Field Productions
Bio: “It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays ...See Full Bio
"The electric guitar sound of the decade - oozing, cloudy enveloping - belongs to jazz renegade Bill Frisell…Like the best artists in any field, Frisell is not a slave to his tools; he's the creator who gives them new validity...His guitar sound is unmistakable - billowing, breathlike, multi-hued, immense at times, almost palpable. Frisell's music is accessible and avant-garde, a lyrical victory of man over machine, of personality over mechanics, of message over mathematics."