Reviews that mention Bill Frisell

December 6, 2014

Artist Feature

Thomas Morgan
By Ken Waxman

Thomas Morgan didn’t have much time for an interview when contacted by TNYCJR. Back in New York for a few days after a couple of months touring overseas with pianist Craig Taborn’s trio and Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s multi-media quintet, within the week he was off across the Atlantic for most of a month to take the bass spot in two different working bands: drummer Jim Black’s trio and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko’s quartet. Constant touring is just part of life for Morgan, 33, who has been one of the city’s busiest bassist almost since arriving here from his native California 15 years ago. Featured on more than 70 CDs, Morgan honed his skill with as many groups as he can, including those led by veterans such as Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, drummer Paul Motian and guitarists Bill Frisell. MORE

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Guelph Jazz Festival Highlights

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By Ken Waxman

Characteristically adventurous, the 17th annual Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF) September 8 to 12 presents respected sound explorers in novel musical situations. MORE

October 8, 2008

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Guitarist Bill Frisell is a featured player on both these CDs, which also include among the personnel a bassist, a drummer and a cornetist or trumpeter. Each is lead by a youngish instrumentalist, brought up on the West Coast and whose talent has subsequently led to high-profile gigs in New York, where both now live. Two more dissimilar sessions you couldn’t imagine.

It isn’t just the personnel, although IT’S MOSTLY RESIDUAL is a quartet date and the group on some of 12 SONGS’ tracks swells to septet size. Rather it’s that the former disc is on this side of frantic, completing trumpet Cuong Vu’s trilogy of almost punk-rock fuelled releases – albeit this time in quartet, rather than trio formation. When the pace slows down the unforced, polyphonic tones resemble some of the hipper lines written by guitarist Pat Metheny, in whose group, the Seattle-raised Vu has been featured the past few years. MORE

August 9, 2004


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Preeminently a group drummer, Paul Motian’s solo sessions always seem to find him embedded within the band -- and this one is no exception.

Well-recorded and low-key, the 10 tunes on this reissue of the 1991 IN TOKIO CD are also all of a piece. Leisurely almost to the point of listlessness, the music is most noteworthy for providing a glimpse of saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell before their playing had hardened into their characteristic present day styles.

Frisell especially is a revelation. Rather than employing the phlegmatic countrypolitan licks he uses now, the younger Frisell was more aggressive firing off clipped dynamics and wavering distortion to make his points. At one juncture he breaks time with whammy bar flanging, almost propelling his solo into rock territory. MORE

October 22, 2001


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Often when fans look at the sessions Miles Davis recorded in the late 1950s, they wonder how he was able to gather so many future stars into one band. The same sort of question about another brassman -- Herb Robertson -- may arise examining TRANSPARENCY, a reissue from 1985.

Besides the presence of one future jazz superstar -- guitarist Bill Frisell -- think John Coltrane with Davis -- two other downtown stalwarts are represented: drummer Joey Baron and saxophonist Tim Berne -- think Philly Joe Jones and Cannonball Adderley. This quintet is rounded out by dependable Lindsey Horner on bass -- think Paul Chambers -- who made a stir with Myra Melford's trio in the mid-1990s and who now lives in Pittsburgh. MORE