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Bill Frisell

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 18, 1951    

Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later, Bill studied music at the University of Northern Colorado before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belgium where he concentrated on writing music. In this period, he toured with Michael Gibbs and first recorded with German bassist Eberhard Weber. Bill moved to the New York City area in 1979 and stayed until 1989. He now lives in Seattle....
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    Guitar in the Space Age!

    Okeh
    2014
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    Silent Comedy

    Tzadik
    2013
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    Big Sur

    Okeh
    2013
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    Floratone II

    Savoy Jazz
    2012
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    The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

    Savoy Jazz
    2012
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    Lagrimas Mexicanas

    E1 Music
    2011
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    Sign of Life - Music for 858 Quartet

    Savoy Jazz
    2011
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”It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. 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.” - The New York Times

“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians - like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

“I like to have fun when I play and I like comedy - but it's not a conscious thing...

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