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The highly anticipated solo album from Bill Frisell, is finally here / Making A Scene

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The highly anticipated solo album from one of the world's premier guitarists, Bill Frisell, is finally here. This is Frisell at his most distilled and, as you would expect, melodic, ethereal, and imaginative.  Recorded in August 2017 at Tucker Martine's studio in Portland, OR and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, the album features 15 Frisell originals, some brand new and others culled from previous albums with "In Line" and "Rambler" from his first two on ECM.

The new tunes are: "Change in the Air," "Thankful," "What Do You Want," "Miss You," and "Go Happy Lucky."  Even his classic tunes like "Ron Carter" and "pretty Stars," for example, sound different here as he tweaked the arrangements.  Frisell is truly one of our treasures and his modesty is refreshing.  He claims that he'll never figure music out, offering this – "One of the amazing things about getting older is being able to revisit things that I heard of played long ago.  There's always something new to discover, something to uncover.  New pathways open up.  If I'm really lucky I might even realize that I've learned something along the way.  It's far out looking at my own music through this long lens."

Be forewarned that like most of Frisell's music, this is quiet but subtly complex, especially the layered pieces.  It's not background music.  When you give your full concentration, it becomes that much more rewarding.

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