Bill Frisell

Born 18 March 1951.
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Jazz Library - Bill Frisell

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William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger.

One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise music and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument.

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  1. Review of Beautiful Dreamers

    Beautiful Dreamers 2010

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    A fine album to mark Frisell’s debut on the renowned Savoy Jazz label.
  2. Review of Disfarmer

    Disfarmer 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    A subtle, but moving experience.
  3. Review of The Best Of Bill Frisell - Volume 1: Folk Songs

    The Best Of Bill Frisell - Volume 1: Folk Songs 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Once acquired, Bill's a hard habit to break.
  4. Review of History, Mystery

    History, Mystery 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...testament to the man's place at the very epicentre of modern American music.
  5. Review of East West

    East West 2005

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    The latest from the prolific and unpredictable guitar master.
  6. Review of Richter 858

    Richter 858 2005

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    Eclectic guitarist provides soundtracks for Gerhard Richter's abstract paintings...
  7. Review of Unspeakable

    Unspeakable 2004

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Frisell teams up with producer Hal Willner for his most upfront album for some time...
  8. Review of Selected Recordings

    Selected Recordings 2002

    Reviewed by Dan Hill
    Retrospective of guitarist Frisell's years with ECM, selected by the man himself.
  9. Review of The Willies

    The Willies

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This is a gentle, almost ambient album, redolent of a summer's day picnicking in a...
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