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Bill Frisell shows his talent@'BLUE' / Portland Press Herald

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Though they've recently doubled the size of their space, the folks at Blue in Portland still call their ticketed performance series "BIG NAMES small room." Indeed, the change has not much compromised the intimate feel of the club. And, it has definitely opened up more opportunities for bookings of the sort that get a jazz fan's heart pounding.

A sold-out solo performance by Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell on Thursday evening fit the room nicely, filling it with musicianship of a very high order.

Usually referred to as a jazz guitarist, Frisell has revealed eclectic tastes over a long career. Compositions from many genres, but often rooted in the sounds of his youth, show up on his recordings. His own originals also defy easy classification. But his sound remains instantly recognizable. The unassuming Baltimore native took a seat at center stage. With a couple of amplifiers behind him and an array of special-effects devices at his feet, he took up the telecaster electric in his lap and launched into an introductory passage that allowed the attentive audience, including a number of local musicians, time to get accustomed to his thoughtful approach.  READ THE FULL Portland Press Herald REVIEW