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Inventiveness and taste stand out in Bill Frisell's Melbourne Jazz Festival appearance / The Australian

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The theme to the film Goldfinger and American traditional folk song Shenandoah are not tunes usually associated with the jazz repertoire. But under the fingers of virtuosic American guitarist Bill Frisell they were stretched and transformed into vehicles for jazz explorations at his Friday concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. What stood out about Frisell's reinvention of familiar songs in other genres in his When You Wish Upon a Star concert was his lavish melodic inventiveness and his exquisite taste. Interacting with bassist Thomas Morgan, who provided probing solos, and mood-setting drummer Rudy Royston, Frisell injected new life into film and television themes. He did this sometimes by simply changing the placement of a chord or reshaping a phrase, while at other times by teasing out melodic ideas and harmonic possibilities.

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