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Bill Frisell Quartet brings favorite films themes to Brisbane QPAC / scenestr review

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Jazz guitar genius Bill Frisell brought his band to Brisbane's QPAC (9 June) for a night celebrating the songs of his favourite films. Bill has appeared on hundreds of recordings, but his playing style is unique enough to spot. Joined by double bassist Tom Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston and vocalist Petra Hayden, Bill put his stamp on classic songs from a host of movies. When Bill and his band step on to the stage, the first thing Bill does is introduce each of them but not himself. Instead he introduces himself by picking up his guitar and using his pedals to create a symphony of twinkling notes. Petra begins to sing ‘Moon River' from ‘Breakfast At Tiffany's' over the top, making the song sparkle like a starry night.

The group closed the show with a rendition of the classic James Bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice'. Bill's guitar twang masterfully recreated the famous string motif of the song, with Tom and Rudy giving a light touch while Petra's voice became sultry. The band returned for what I guess was a post-credits sequence and a performance of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David tune ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love'. It was a lovely way to end the night, highlighting the need to stay right until the end when you're in the presence of Bill Frisell.

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