Monday, August 9, 2010

Bill Frisell - East/West (2005) (320)

Two great live sets from the Seattle jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. The trio opens with a fantastic cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", establishing the trend of the this record: showcasing Frisell's great musical vocabulary with his love of effects. The noise breaks and loops are frequent and add personality to the tunes. I love the loops Frisell runs on "Shenandoah", a slow piece that gradually becomes more intense. The last 2 minutes of that song have a great utilization of delay. One of my favorites is Frisell's composition "Boubacar", from 2003'sThe Intercontinentals; its slow tempo, tremolo effect and the scales Frisell employs sound like a nod to Ry Cooder. His cover of Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" would probably have The Man In Black rolling over in his grave, but if you're looking for country music, check out Frisell's own "Nashville" instead.

First Set:

Bill Frisell: guitar, loops
Viktor Krauss: bass
Kenny Wollesen: drums

Recorded Live at Yoshi's (Oakland, CA), May 8-11, 2004

1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
2. Blues for Los Angeles
3. Shenandoah
4. Boubacar
5. Pipe Down
6. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Second Set:

Bill Frisell: electric and acoustic guitars, loops
Tony Scherr: bass, acoustic guitar
Kenny Wollesen: drums, percussion

Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard (New York, NY), December 9-12, 2003

1. My Man's Gone Now
2. The Days Of Wine And Roses
3. You Can Run
4. Ron Carter
5. Interlude
6. Goodnight Irene
7. The Vanguard
8. People
9. Crazy
10. Tennessee Flat Top Box