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Bill Frisell - My New Favorite....

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Butch Snyder, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Butch Snyder

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    I'm really into him right now. His take on the Beach Boys' classic "Surfer Girl" is haunting and so lush and beautiful.

     
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    Bill's one of those guys I just love to listen to. His playing manages to be somehow simultaneously intriguing/engaging and relaxing, never confrontational
     
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    That's great.
     
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    I’m seeing him tonight for the first time. One of a few guitarists that inspired me to buy a telecaster.
     
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    This is one of my favorites from The Bill Frisell Trio "La La Means I Love" You
     
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    I've met guitar players that don't care for him but I don't know why. I have heard some of his music that I didn't care for but he has a wide range of material that there is enough to like.

    Also he is a master with the effects petals.
     
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    One cool version of "Surfer" deserves another. I want to play more like Bill Frisell when I grow up...
     
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    Saw him last year live from about 5th row center. His playing is sublime and his style just terrific. Heck of a nice guy too. Such wonderful character and personality in his playing...
     
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    Bill is one of the most important jazz guitar players to come out of the 80's, along with Methany and a few others. IMO, his playing and phrasing is so surprising and different, and is understated yet complex. He is unique in that he creates lead lines with simultaneous opposing melodies and bass lines - sometimes you'll hear three interweaving melodies at once. His use of open voicings is unique to him, and his mix of these voicings with open harmonics is amazing and beautiful. Bill has played with who's who of modern jazz, country, bluegrass, americana. I am so jealous of the guys who have seen him live. I cannot get enough Frisell, I would watch him play the phonebook, so the saying goes.

    Check out this solo rendition of oft-times standard When You Wish Upon A Star, the voicings are just beautiful.

     
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    Bill is my favourite jazzer. Or mike stern. Both Tele players.


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    Beautiful show tonight in Tulsa. He’s the most delicate, patient player I’ve ever seen. He played a lot of song s but I only remember Changes by Phil Ochs and Goldfinger. Used a looper and a freeze type pedal. Some excellent reverse looping.
     
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    What gear did he use?
     
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    Low to middle
     
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    He uses a boss dd7, I think. A fender Princeton amp. Usually a telecaster, but there are some Gibson hollow bodies.


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    I've been listening to Bill for years. Love what he does with a looper. A great player!

     
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    I recently got a CD of his Power Tools group, with Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs. It's hard to conceive that this was recorded over 30 years ago.
     
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    There's a beautiful version of Shenandoah that he does. I can't seem to find it on YouTube anymore.
     
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    Bill is a genius. Modern day Picasso w/ a guitar. His last CD "Music Is" is phenomenal.
     
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    Hmm, I have a few of his albums, but I don't play them much any more. I just find them too . . . "composed" for my taste, in every sense of the word. It sounds like music that's written down, then read, then played. Which is fine if you like that, but I find it a little bland.

    Just my thoughts. Having said that, he's still one of the good guys. And I did like his contribution on the Charles Lloyd/Lucinda Williams album.
     
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