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Bill Frisell | Thomas Morgan New School performance is highlight at Winter Jazzfest / Seattle Times

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With more than 100 performances in 12 downtown venues - many of which fill up early - the splendid gumbo of the Friday and Saturday (Jan. 6-7) marathons at Jazz Winterfest can be many different festivals to many different listeners. But surely one of the highlights this year was the elegant, intricate, soulful duo performance by Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell with bassist Thomas Morgan at the New School's Tishman Auditorium on Saturday.

Weaving through six tunes that ranged from the touching Willard Robison ballad "Old Folks" and Fats Domino's lilting "What A Party" to "Subconscious-Lee," Lee Konitz's tricky take on "What Is This Thing Called Love," the mischievous guitarist navigated ingenious paths through the songs' harmonies, occasionally inserting a twangy jab or snow shower of quiet notes. In Morgan, Frisell appears to have found a naturally flowing conversationalist on the order of the late Charlie Haden, so it is welcome news that simpatico pair will release an album on ECM later this year.

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