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Bill Frisell - Guitar In the Space Age debuts #18 on CMJ-Jazz Top 40

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Just when you think you've got guitarist-composer Bill Frisell all figured out, confident in your expectations, this American original shakes things up with a heretofore unexpected glimpse into those layers of consciousness which inform his rootsy, inclusive, oh so personal style of musical outreach. Because while Bill Frisell is capable of routinely navigating the most harrowing ascents into the outer reaches of the improvisational Ionosphere without once ever flinching, there emerge at regular intervals suggestions of something more childlike and elemental; a sensibility which revels in expressions of earnest, unadorned directness-the aesthetic poetry of an impressionistic painter who is unafraid to distill things down to their most folkish, heartfelt essence. 

As a baby boomer who came of age in the 1950s and 1960s, there is an undeniably autobiographical bent to the tenor and tone of the repertoire which Frisell explores on GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! The album debuts@#18 on this week's CMJ-Jazz Top 40.