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Bill Frisell Talks the Beatles, Charles Llloyd / Santa Barbara IndependEnt

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Summons to an 8 a.m. interview with a musician usually signifies that the artist - in this case guitarist Bill Frisell - hails from the Big Apple, where it's closer to beer-thirty. Not so with Frisell, who spoke last week from his home in Seattle. All of this seems to undermine the authenticity of his jazzman credentials, we posited. "Whoa, I guess that's true. Maybe I'm not a jazz musician," he laughed. "But actually, I do my best composing at this time of day. Say what you will; there's a lot to be said for being fresh from sleep. It's a more pure state of mind. And it's too early for phone calls usually. The rest of the world leaves me alone."

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