Bill Frisell - guitars, banjo, guitar synthesizer, with various musicians
Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone, Billy Drewes - alto saxophone, Ed Schuller
- double bass, Paul Motian - drums, Jan Garbarek - soprano saxophone,
Eberhard Weber - bass, Michael Di Pasqua - drums, Kenny Wheeler -
trumpet, cornet, Bob Stewart - tuba, Jerome Harris - bass guitar,
Hank Roberts - cello, Kermit Driscoll - bass guitar, Joey Baron -
drums, Lee Konitz - alto saxophone, Dave Holland - double bass, Paul
Bley - piano, John Surman - soprano saxophone, Jamie McCarthy - recorder,
Roger Heaton - clarinet, Alexander Balanescu - violin, Martin Allen,
vibraphone, John White - piano, Gavin Bryars - double bass.
The above are listed in order of appearance.
5. In Line
7. Music I Heard
10. Alien Prints
12. Kind Of Gentle
14. Sub Rosa
Bill Frisell regularly appears in polls amongst the
top ten Jazz guitarists in the world. However, this is only a part
of the complete picture of this fascinating musician who is one of
the most versatile and committed performers on the current scene.
Whilst having reservations about the present fashion for an endless
stream of compilations I can only applaud ECM in their attempt to
introduce this musician to a broader listening public.
As can be seen by the varied personnel listed here,
Frisell operates on a very broad spectrum, and this only illustrates
his output on one record label. There are many other fine recordings
and projects by him or featuring him to be found elsewhere. I saw
the guitarist in performance with the Paul Motian Trio ( heard here
on " Introduction" and "India" ) and was amazed at the constant searching
for different colours which was such a vital element during his playing.
He was not content to use one guitar sound but had mastered a whole
bank of complex variations of tone and texture which he used to great
effect. This aspect of his style is obvious throughout these recordings.
The eclectic mixture of musicians here makes for
some highly individual renditions and the most common adjective to
describe the music herein would be tasteful. Whilst much of the material
is quite experimental it is never hard on the ear. Frisell himself
seems comfortable in a whole gamut of genre ranging from Folk and
Country through Rock to Contemporary Jazz. He truly represents what
is best in current trends in that he is not afraid to perform in these
The musicians to be found here are amongst the best
around and I greatly enjoyed the whole of this offering.