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Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade.”

Released March of ’18, Frisell’s latest album for OKeh/Sony is a solo album titled, Music IS – “Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory.”- Chicago Reader.  It was recorded in August, 2017 at Tucker Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend. All of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell, some of them brand new – Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky – others being solo adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. In Line, and Rambler are from Frisell’s first two ECM albums.

Frisell’s previous project, the Grammy nominated When You Wish Upon a Star also with OKeh/Sony, germinated at Lincoln Center during his two-year appointment as guest curator for the Roots of Americana series (September ’13 – May ’15).  It features Frisell with vocalist Petra Haden, Eyvind Kang (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) performing Frisell’s arrangements and interpretations of Music from Film and Television.  Jazz Times described the project as follows: “unforgettable themes are the real draw here, reconfigured with ingenuity, wit and affection by Frisell and a terrific group.

“Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music… There’s a reason that Jazz at Lincoln Center had him program a series called Roots of Americana.”  – New York Times

Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012.  He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer among others.  In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music.  Upon San Francisco Jazz opening their doors in 2013, he served as one of their Resident Artistic Directors.  Bill is also the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.

BILL FRISELL SOLO


BILL FRISELL TRIO feat. Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston

In Line 1983 ECM
Rambler 1984 ECM
Lookout for Hope 1987 ECM
Before We Were Born 1989 Nonesuch
Is That You? 1990 Nonesuch
Where in the World? 1991 Nonesuch
Have a Little Faith 1992 Nonesuch
This Land 1994 Nonesuch
Go West: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton 1995 Nonesuch
The High Sign/One Week: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton 1995 Nonesuch
Live 1995 Gramavision
Quartet 1996 Nonesuch
Nashville 1997 Nonesuch
Gone, Just Like a Train 1998 Nonesuch
Good Dog, Happy Man 1999 Nonesuch
The Sweetest Punch 1999 Decca
Ghost Town 2000 Nonesuch
Blues Dream 2001 Nonesuch
With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones 2001 Nonesuch
The Willies 2002 Nonesuch
The Intercontinentals 2003 Nonesuch
Unspeakable 2004 Nonesuch
Richter 858 2005 Songlines
East/West 2005 Nonesuch
Further East / Further West (only available as a digital download)[1][2] 2005 Nonesuch
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian 2006 Nonesuch
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian EP (only available as a digital download)[3] 2006 Nonesuch
History, Mystery 2008 Nonesuch
Disfarmer 2009 Nonesuch
Beautiful Dreamers 2010 Savoy
Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet 2011 Savoy
All We Are Saying 2011 Savoy
Silent Comedy 2013 Tzadik
Big Sur 2013 Okeh
Guitar in the Space Age! 2014 Okeh
When You Wish Upon a Star 2016 Okeh
Alfie / I Love Lucy (limited 7 inch vinyl single)[4] 2016 Okeh
Small Town (with Thomas Morgan) 2016 ECM
Music IS[5] 2018 Okeh
Epistrophy (with Thomas Morgan) 2019 ECM
Harmony[6] 2019 Blue Note
Valentine[7] 2020 Blue Note

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