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New Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu collaboration reflects a cross-continental sensibility / popMATTERS

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In 2007, trumpeter and composer Cuong Vu moved from New York to Seattle, where he teaches music at the University of Washington. Bill Frisell, the versatile guitarist, made the same move years before, and he just returned to New York recently. But the two overlapped on the west coast for over decade-along with bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor. Change in the Air is the hippest of their collaborations to date: a session of all-original music by all four members of the "4Tet". And every tune is fascinating, a perfect match for this balanced, always-interesting band.

It is Frisell's genius and generosity that, despite having a unique approach and distinctive guitar tone, he is a subtle partner in a band that is not his own, blending into the group sound with sympathy. 

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