Bill Frisell Trio
Verbrugghen Hall 7.30pm
NB Separately ticketed event OR entry with Festival GOLD Pass
Bill Frisell guitar
Thomas Morgan contrabass
Rudy Royston drums and cymbals
Down Beat Guitarist of the Year for ten consecutive years, Bill Frisell has been hailed as “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” by the Wall Street Journal
Described as musical chameleon and shining light of Americana, New York-based Frisell has collaborated with pop icons such as Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Sting & Brian Eno along with jazz luminaries John Scofield, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, combining sonic mastery with jazz, country, folk, rock, blues, pop, avant-garde, and more, whilst always maintaining a uniquely identifiable sound. With bass player Thomas Morgan (Paul Motian, Dave Binney Quartet) and drummer Rudy Royston (Branford Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band), Frisell’s music is a spellbinding sonic journey of new music from his latest albums alongside reimagined ‘Frisell’ classics.
Bill Frisell’s career as a Grammy nominated guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and includes many celebrated recordings and collaborations with artists at the cutting edge of the jazz world genre. Internationally renowned as an Artist of great ingenuity and vision, Frisell’s recorded catalogue has been described by Downbeat as “the best recorded output in decades” and includes a phenomenal breadth of musical expression ranging from original Buster Keaton film scores, to arrangements for extended ensembles with horns and strings; to albums with Nashville musicians, solo albums, a collection of traditional American folk songs and originals inspired by them and two trio albums with jazz legends, Dave Holland/Elvin Jones and Ron Carter/Paul Motian. Frisell’s latest album for Okeh (SONY) ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ emerged from a project that germinated at the Lincoln Centre during Bill’s tenure as for the Roots of Americana series.
“Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time”
— New York Times
“Plays guitar like Miles Davis plays trumpet ”
— The New Yorker.