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Acoustic tracks, bass and ukulele broaden the sonic palette, on Bill Frisell - Music IS / Audiophile Audition

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Bill Frisell is a guitarist for all seasons. He fits in as the ultimate guitar sideman. His tastes are eclectic and cover rock, country, jazz, and bluegrass. His use of variable timbre is well known and he can combine beautiful melody with a rapid progression into dissonance. On one session he can cover John Lennon (All We Are Saying in 2011) and then play on a John Zorn Tzadik label that can satisfy the avant garde leanings.

It has been quite awhile since Frisell's previous solo album, Ghost Town. On his latest CD, Music Is, he returns to recording only his own compositions. There are five new tracks among the fifteen numbers, plus an alternate version of "Rambler" (that revisits one of his early ECM releases). His new CD was recorded at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback Studio in Portland, Or. The acoustics are crisp and clear, and the echo of plucked strings is ever present. As the tracks were laid down, they were mixed to keep Frisell's vision sharp. Though known primarily for his electric guitar, there are acoustic tracks, and bass and ukulele are mixed in to broaden the sonic palette.

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