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TD Montreal Jazz Festival: You could hear a pin drop during Bill Frisell's set

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It was back to mystical reverence indoors last night at the TD Montreal Jazz Festival– this time for Bill Frisell's 9p set at L'Astral. It's so quiet during Bill Frisell's first solo set, you can hear a pick drop. That's the kind of respect you get, I guess, when you've been the go-to axman since the 1970s for greats like Paul Motian and Jan Garbarek, Frisell's early collaborators on the ECM label. Here, the veteran West Coast artist wows with fancy foot-pedal loops and free-association riffing on his "mutilated" Telecaster, adding layers of sound to an extended improvision on The Beatles' You've Got to Hide Your Love Away that has you thinking Oldfield's Tubular Bells or ELP's Tarkus. Then he clears the air with Body and Soul – how sweet. A second guitar – an Island, made in Montreal – sits unused on stage. Maybe next time.