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In a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, including 25 albums of his own, guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell is now firmly established as a visionary presence in American music. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, filmmakers and legendary musicians. But it is his work as a leader that has garnered increasing attention and accolades. The New ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Frisell Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00002604D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Start
2. Throughout
3. Two Arms
4. Shorts
5. Smile On You
6. The Beach
7. In Line
8. Three
9. Godson Song

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ECM 1241 837019; ECM RECORDS - Germania;

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarmad on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful record, and creates one of the loveliest sounds I can find in my collection. Like many ECM records it seems to work best at night. It is sophisticated and rhapsodic. The entire album maintains a similar mood, creating a groovy kind of meditation. This ability to perfume the air with a consistent approach to sound-making, and the resistance to any pressure to put in a faster track, is for me one of the greatest strengths. I very much wish this intriguing musician would make a few more albums which explore this side of his musicianship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Mills on 18 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am amazed no one else has reviewed this until now. I have listened to this since 1983 and still think it's his best album - haunting, emotional, and soulful throughout.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One of the few original jazz guitarists 18 May 2000
By Nobody important - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wes Montgomery gave the world a wonderful gift with his music, but that gift came with a price-- he made every other jazz guitarist obsolete. The world took some time to recover, and now there are a few around who can pick up a guitar and not cause us to think to ourselves, "pretty good, but he's no Wes Montgomery." Steve Tibbetts, for example, aside from having an amazing technique, composes some of the most complex and richly textured pieces ever recorded that are unlike anything I have ever heard, and seems to fall under jazz at record stores only by default. And then there's Bill Frisell. When I first heard this album, I thought it was just a very mild attempt at an early Steve Tibbetts sound (e.g., Northern Song). Upon closer inspection, I heard a subtle blend of jazz, folk, and even a bit of country/bluegrass that gives Frisell a distinctive sound that warants our attention. Frisell has gone in many different directions since then, but has maintained his artistic integrity, and has consistently displayed his technical skill without being flashy.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Bill's most intimate, original & best solo disc 27 Dec. 2005
By Phasedin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the other reviewers of a different Frissel recording put it perfectly when he described Frisell's recent output as being "NPR friendly Americana, devoid of the sort of musical risk taking that characterized his earlier output".

I couldn't put it better.

In the years since Frisell left ECM, he has recorded many albums that fall into that category, far too many. Many could even make the mistake that he is essentially a modern country player if they hadn't experienced his earliest ECM output.

As time went on I became very cautious when buying the latest Frisell disc. I had to wonder where his original voice and creativity had gone.

I got to the point where I would only purchase his CD's where I knew the sidemen to be specifically within the "creative jazz" or "creative music" world, and avoid all those where the sidemen where unknown to me. So if Elvin Jones or Gary peacock were there, i'd buy it. If it was refugees from various "avant rock" bands or country musicians I would stay away. And still I was dissapointed with the results even being this cautious with my purchasing.

After all this time I have decided to simply stick with the recordings Frisell made for ECM-either as a leader or a sideman. It seems when Frisell left ECM he intentionally changed his style a great deal, and, i'm sure that few of his fans from his early era stayed on board long after his went down those Americana country roads.

If (like me) you discovered Frisell as the guitarist with Eberhard Weber (as I did), or with the Jan Garbarek Group, or Paul Motian's Band and liked it, then, boy, do I have a CD for you though!

This is Frisells masterpiece. Arild Anderson plays upright bass very well here on some tracks, but most of this CD is Frisell all by himself, dripping with mood and atmosphere. Easily his most personal and intimate recording.

I have purchased this recording twice for myself. First on vinyl, now on CD (which suits the quiet music all the better).

Sadly I have no hope Frisell will every return to these waters-too bad because these are the only recordings where you know it's Frisell and nobody else, from hearing the first phrase he plays.

But at least now I know which Frisell recordings to stay away from and which to buy. Sadly, he didn't record too many solo discs for the ECM label, but he does make substantial appearences on many ECM discs as a sideman. And I will continue to get those until I have them all. But that will probably be it for my Frisell collection. Unless someday he return to this kind of music-in that case, i'll be there. But i'm not holding my breath for that.

If you're a fan of Frisell's recordings after his ECM days, I don't really think this "weird" music will hold much interest for you (unless you are a Frisell completist). But if you're a fan of quiet, quirky, intimate, original, atmospheric music you can't pick this one up fast enough.
Master of inovation 1 Jan. 2015
By yetiman123 - Published on
Having listened to jazz guitarists for some time now and being a jazz/classical guitarist, I can always pick out Bill's guitar sound. It is a very special sound that gets my attention very quickly. When I first heard this album I thought it was David Torn, but soon picked up Bill's sound. A true master of the guitar and a master of effects and painting pictures with the guitar. I have listened to this now many times and each time I hear something different. This is a must have for any serious jazz / fusion / experimental guitarist. Bill not only plays outside the box, but brings you to a higher understanding of the possibilities of the guitar. A true joy to listen to....
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
buy it. 15 Sept. 1999
By - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Much space felt as with all his music, but more negative space. Economic and subtle. texture. A good mix of electric serjested space and acoustic air.
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