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Reverb Soundcheck: Bill Frisell

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When it comes to guitarist Bill Frisell, the word that comes up time and again is "amazing." His fans use it often, most recently with the boundary-breaking jazz guitarist's latest album, When You Wish Upon A Star, which was released in late January. This collection of TV and movie music has inspired glowing reviews. "Frisell is meticulous throughout, never playing more than necessary," said London's Independent. And, in an interview pegged to the new record, NPR Music dubbed Frisell "one of the world's most inventive guitarists and composers."

Yet when Frisell repeats "amazing" in his conversation with Reverb, it's in the most humble sense imaginable. The 2005 GRAMMY winner - he also was nominated for this year's Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Guitar in the Space Age! - had this to say about the record-making process, "It's amazing I'm able to make recordings these days, given the way things are in music. When it came to making a record or recording, not all that long ago I had this idea that that's what the big guys do."

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