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His first solo-guitar record in 18 years! Fresh material, plus solo adaptations of classics including songs off his first two ECM releases. Shrink-wrapped. New 2018 album.

Epistrophy

Frisell and morgan communicate the essence of billy strayhorn's "Lush Life" and the Frank Sinatra hit "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, " so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. Tonally ingenious and haunting" epistrophy by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City's Village Vanguard.

The new album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo's beloved americana songbook "All in Fun, as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian "Mumbo Jumbo", " "Red River Valley, " "Save the Last Dance for Me", an artist whom both the guitarist and bassist knew well.

Like their acclaimed ecm release Small Town of 2017 which The Guardian called "wistful and mesmerizing. At the center of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular "Epistrophy" and the ruminative ballad "Pannonica. And as with "goldfinger" on small town, frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody-rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film "You Only Live Twice.

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Following the release of nels cline's expansive blue note debut Lovers which found him fronting a 23-piece ensemble arranged by Michael Leonhart, the Wilco guitarist pares it down to The Nels Cline 4 for his latest project Currents, Constellations. It's a showcase of cline's versatility that veers from rollicking rock energy to avant-garde explorations to ballads of serene beauty.

Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. The album features cline alongside fellow guitarist and frequent collaborator Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Tom Rainey on a set of seven Cline originals plus one piece by composer Carla Bley.


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Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Although his work is steeped in jazz, his music includes characteristics of rock, country and bluegrass, among various other styles. Joining frisell for this album of musical memories are the members of his working trio, along with frequent collaborator Greg Leisz, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, a master of the lap and pedal steel guitars.

Such liberality explains his willingness to expand his tonal palette beyond that of a typical jazz guitarist and he has carved out a niche by virtue of his sound. Guitar in the space age!" offers a rare look into Bill Frisell's formative influences, from a time when the electric guitar was in its infancy and creating a startlingly new sound, pushing popular music into the future.

Bill frisell is one of the leading and most innovative guitarists of our time. A grammy® winner for best contemporary jazz album in 2005, Bill is one of the most singular musicians of his generation and has released over 30 albums since his debut recording in 1983. Billfrisell. Comokeh-records. Com Shrink-wrapped.

. This superb quartet explores the music of pete seeger, chet Atkins, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Merle Travis and others with Frisell's own compositions sprinkled in. Shrink-wrapped.


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Small Town

Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Small town begins with a tribute to motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer s composition It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago, the duo's counterpoint yielding a hushed power.

The guitarist's rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Shrink-wrapped. Morgan has appeared on several ecm albums of late, Jakob Bro, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi.

Small town sees frisell and morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his Subconscious Lee, and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. Small town presents guitarist bill frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York s hallowed Village Vanguard.

The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry s famous James Bond theme Goldfinger. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.


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Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Andrew cyrilles title lebroba is a contraction of Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, birthplaces of the protagonists of an album bringing together three of creative musics independent thinkers. Each of them made his first ecm appearance long ago: drummer andrew cyrille on marion browns Afternoon of a Georgia Faun 1970, and guitarist Bill Frisell on Eberhard Webers Fluid Rustle 1979; these are, of course, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on his own classic Divine Love 1978, players of enduring influence.

Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. A generous leader, cyrille gives plenty of room to his cohorts, and all three musicians bring in compositions, with Turiya, Wadadas elegant dedication to Alice Coltrane, unfurling slowly over its 17-minute duration. There are references to west african music and the blues as well as the history of jazz drumming, but Cyrilles priority today is an elliptical style in which meter is implied rather than stated.

In his own pieces, including the title track and the closing Pretty Beauty, Cyrille rarely puts the focus on the drums, preferring to play melodically and interactively, sensitive to pitch and to space. Shrink-wrapped. Frisell contributed to cyrille s previous ECM disc The Declaration of Musical Independence, but Lebroba marks a first-time meeting for the guitarist and Wadada Leo Smith.

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Now on vanished gardens, the marvels add a new dimension by collaborating with revered singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams to pioneer a new genre of Americana Jazz that draws on the musicians many influences and experiences with reimagined versions of Williams favorites, new Lloyd originals, and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, and more.

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