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Bill Frisell plays Adelaide Cabaret Festival / The Advertiser

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ALTHOUGH Bill Frisell was known as a jazz guitarist in the 1980s - and this Adelaide Cabaret Festival program was advertised as such - it was more a concert of pop songs where the guitarist fronted a trio with bass and drums, and also featured vocalist Petra Haden. Haden opened with a pleasant ballad rendition of When You Wish Upon a Star, using an effective range and pitch, and followed up with a wordless vocal that featured a repeated four-note riff with the guitar. Instrumental numbers from the trio often used repetitive riffs that were rescued from any threat of boredom largely by the inventive drumming of Thomas Morgan.

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