Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bill Frisell Plays John Lennon @ LPR 8/2/12

It's so good to have Jenny back.  She was on maternity leave.  She was blown away amazing on violin.  Kenny was phenomenal on drums. Tony played an electric bass, but it was a more subdued one than you might see at a rock or funk show.  He was great.  Bill is always amazing and his arrangements were wonderful.  This was my first time seeing Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar.  I must admit I didn't notice him at all.  I figure he either blended in seamlessly into the music or he was overpowered by everything else, especially the violin.

I loved the choice of songs and the arrangements were phenomenal.  My absolute favorite  was "Come Together", but I really love the original, which probably influenced me.

It was a wonderful show!



The listing:
All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon
Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt, Rickie, Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Vinicius Cantuaria, Marc Johnson (in "Bass Desires"), Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in "Power Tools"), Marianne Faithful, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Hal Willner, Robin Holcomb, Rinde Eckert, The Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, David Sanborn, David Sylvian, Petra Haden and numerous others, including Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Daniel Lanois on the soundtrack for Wim Wenders’ film Million Dollar Hotel.

This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety.

Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, Jenny Scheinman, & Kenny Wollesen

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