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Bill Frisell: A Portrait / Film Journal review

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The widely admired guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has lost count of the albums he's appeared on. In addition to his twenty or so solo records, and his appearances in other bands, he's played with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello to jazz legends like Jason Moran. Shot over a five-year period, this documentary provides a broad overview of his accomplishments. Director Emma Franz follows Frisell through several of his musical lives: playing jazz and country in a trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollensen; rehearsing with conductor Michael Gibbs and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; archival footage of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano at the Village Vanguard; joining the Richter 858 Quartet.