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On Bill Frisell's last album, 2014's Guitar in the Space Age, the guitarist delved into songs from the '50s and '60s that initially got him interested in playing guitar as a kid growing up in Denver. On brand-new disc When You Wish Upon a Star, Frisell, who's been living in Seattle for nearly three decades, explores music from films and television that have had a lasting impression on him.

Frisell, who will be at the Oriental Theater on Wednesday, says that every song on When You Wish Upon a Star, which includes compositions by Elmer Bernstein, Bernard Hermann, Ennio Morricone and others, conjures strong memories. Many times the memory conjured had to do with something outside the film itself, as when Frisell first got his driver's license and he actually had a date, which he says was a very rare thing at the time, and he drove his parents' car to the Paramount Theatre to see a James Bond film. Sure enough, Frisell, along with singer Petra Haden, bassist Thomas Morgan, violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston, interpret "You Only Live Twice" (from the 1967 James Bond film of the same name).  READ THE FULL Westword ARTICLE