Personalities | Bill Frisell | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, b. 1951)

A distinctive electric guitar stylist, Frisell evokes longing and wonder through melodic selectivity, legato attack and strategic outbursts. Originally a clarinetist, then inspired by Wes Montgomery, he studied at Boston’s Berklee School of Music and with Jim Hall. He recorded for ECM and won fame in the New York noise/improv scene, exploring pastoral Americana imagery in his own projects. Besides playing in Paul Motian’s trio with Joe Lovano, Frisell has recorded colouristic accompaniments for rock and pop singers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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