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Music IS

Bill Frisell

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The guitar isn’t the most used instrument among jazzmen, and revolutionary guitarists are quite logically very seldom. Bill Frisell is lucky enough to be one of them. Year after year (with a career spanning four decades!) and album after album (over forty records under his name, and three hundred as a sideman!), the American has imposed his singular voice, one of the most influential of the last twenty years. Frisell quickly set himself apart from his elders by taking his – instantly recognisable – style onto every possible repertoire. Post bop, free, noise, rock, country, 50s music, he dove into an incredible amount of partitions while staying true to his language and his style − simply put: remaining himself. Yet Music IS isn’t just another album designed to build up his already dense discography. He who shares his music first and foremost, felt the need to express himself on a solo project, a context he’s never really been fond of, often admitting in interviews that he gave his first solo concert years after starting his professional career… But Music IS is the result of a need to play, on acoustic and electric guitar, his own music. After revisiting the music of others, Bill Frisell has decided in this 2018 opus to gather new as well as older themes, some he hadn’t played for years. Listening to these fifteen tracks in one go is like travelling in the colourful meanders of this exceptional musician’s brain. Whether he refines his phrases to the extreme like his master Jim Hall, launches in oversaturated hand-to-hand fights or performs Americana in his own impressionistic way, Bill Frisell delivers improvisations of eternal beauty. Even though this album may feel like a testament piece, Music IS is the work of an artist more alive than ever. And without a doubt one of his most beautiful albums. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Pretty Stars
00:03:57

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

2
Winslow Homer
00:03:28

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

3
Change in the Air
00:02:21

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

4
What Do You Want?
00:02:43

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

5
Thankful
00:05:09

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

6
Ron Carter
00:04:44

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

7
Think About it
00:00:59

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

8
In Line
00:05:00

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

9
Rambler
00:06:33

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

10
The Pioneers
00:04:13

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

11
Monica Jane
00:05:39

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

12
Miss You
00:03:33

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

13
Go Happy Lucky
00:02:55

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

14
Kentucky Derby
00:02:05

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

15
Made to Shine
00:02:31

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

16
Rambler (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
00:02:48

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Lee Townsend, Producer - Tucker Martine, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bill Frisell, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Songtone LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The guitar isn’t the most used instrument among jazzmen, and revolutionary guitarists are quite logically very seldom. Bill Frisell is lucky enough to be one of them. Year after year (with a career spanning four decades!) and album after album (over forty records under his name, and three hundred as a sideman!), the American has imposed his singular voice, one of the most influential of the last twenty years. Frisell quickly set himself apart from his elders by taking his – instantly recognisable – style onto every possible repertoire. Post bop, free, noise, rock, country, 50s music, he dove into an incredible amount of partitions while staying true to his language and his style − simply put: remaining himself. Yet Music IS isn’t just another album designed to build up his already dense discography. He who shares his music first and foremost, felt the need to express himself on a solo project, a context he’s never really been fond of, often admitting in interviews that he gave his first solo concert years after starting his professional career… But Music IS is the result of a need to play, on acoustic and electric guitar, his own music. After revisiting the music of others, Bill Frisell has decided in this 2018 opus to gather new as well as older themes, some he hadn’t played for years. Listening to these fifteen tracks in one go is like travelling in the colourful meanders of this exceptional musician’s brain. Whether he refines his phrases to the extreme like his master Jim Hall, launches in oversaturated hand-to-hand fights or performs Americana in his own impressionistic way, Bill Frisell delivers improvisations of eternal beauty. Even though this album may feel like a testament piece, Music IS is the work of an artist more alive than ever. And without a doubt one of his most beautiful albums. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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