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' Then they just burn on chord changes, and it doesn't relate to the song anymore. When you hear Thelonious Monk's piano playing - or horn players like Ben Webster, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter - you always hear the melody in there.Sonny Rollins is the classic example of that - I've read that he thinks of the words while he's playing the sax, so the song really means something to him.The band even comfortably follows the leader onto Country and Western turf, as Frisell often approximates the whine of a lonely steel guitar." .Bill's comments to the same publication: "When I was in Colorado, I never really played that country stuff or even liked it that much, though it was all over the radio.Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr.Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." - "I like to have fun when I play and I like comedy - but it's not a conscious thing.Combine a Colorado youth given to soul and C&W with solid jazz training, abetted by a decade-long residency in the heart of NYC's avant scene, multiplied by a fun factor of X (he has scored Buster Keaton's films) and you've got a recipe damn near perfection." - , the British music publication has observed: "What's really distinctive is Frisell's feel for the shape of songs, for their architecture; it's a virtuosity of deep structure rather than surface." Bill explains this sensibility to , "For me, it's really important to keep the melody going all the time, whether you are actually playing it or not, especially when it's some kind of standard tune or familiar song form.
"For over ten years Bill Frisell has quietly been the most brilliant and unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery.His guitar sound is unmistakable - billowing, breathlike, multi-hued, immense at times, almost palpable.Frisell's music is accessible and avant-garde, a lyrical victory of man over machine, of personality over mechanics, of message over mathematics." - Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado.In light of this, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he may also be one of the most promising composers of American music on the current scene." - "Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar.
Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his (guitar)...In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belgium where he concentrated on writing music.