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Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age / The New York Times review

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Bill Frisell - a grateful heir to Jim Hall, and an occasional partner to Charlie Haden - is 63, and has earned the right to follow his interests wherever they lead. On Guitar in the Space Age! (OKeh), due out on Tuesday, they've brought him back to the surf-rock and Top 40 instrumentals of his youth, the realm of Duane Eddy, Link Wray, the Tornados and the Chantays. Mr. Frisell reels off many of his melodic lines in tandem, favoring a Fender Telecaster while Greg Leisz, a trusted partner, plays a Fender Jazzmaster. (Also aboard are the members of Mr. Frisell's longtime trio: Tony Scherr on bass and additional guitars, and Kenny Wollesen on drums.) The album has an easy-listening sheen, even a touch of treacle, but then Mr. Frisell has never shied away from sincerity. There's more to his version of the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" than prettiness, but he makes you wonder why prettiness can't sometimes be enough. -Nate Chinen