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Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age! / South China Morning Post interview

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Bill Frisell is now 63 years old, and in common with most jazz guitarists his age - or younger - he also likes to play a little rock.

During the past 30 years or so, he has made original music, always at least loosely classifiable as jazz, with roots in territories all over the musical map from bluegrass and country to blues to world.

It still comes as a surprise to hear him playing surf music, on his latest release, Guitar in the Space Age!, but perhaps it shouldn't. There has always been more twang in Frisell's guitar tone than in that of peers such as Pat Metheny and John Scofield, and here he owns up to his affection for Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, Link Wray and The Beach Boys.

"There's something about being the age I'm at now," he says. "After playing for more than 50 years, it just feels right to once again play some of the music which shaped my consciousness during my formative years, even to play some of it for the first time … and maybe get it right. Guitar in the Space Age! isn't really an exercise in nostalgia, but about a re-commitment to keep learning, to firm up the foundation." READ THE FULL South China Morning Post INTERVIEW.