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Business Day Live: Big Sur might be among the very finest Bill Frisell records

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Big Sur, which feels right now as if it might one day be counted among the very finest Bill Frisell records, is named after the breathtakingly beautiful Californian coastal region to which Frisell retreated to write this music, on commission from the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Consisting of 19 short pieces arranged in a suite whose parts interrelate not only musically but by virtue of the fact that they share the same sense of place, the result is a melodically rich tone poem whose moods drift easily from pensive to elegiac, from playful to awestruck.

It captures Frisell's solitude during his stay and the internal reflection that must have been as much of an inspiration as the visual splendour all around him. It ultimately works best, notwithstanding the undeniable charms of virtually each one of its separate parts, as a single majestic whole. READ FULL STORY