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    Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell marked his first-ever solo release in 2000 with Ghost Town, a project he considers a major personal milestone. The idea of making a solo record is one that had been simmering for a long time, “for as long as I’ve been playing,” recounts Frisell.

    Frisell believes that one of the most important aspects of music in general, and certainly in his own music making, is interaction. An essential element of his creative process is responding to stimulus from other musicians, and so the prospect of playing alone was a great challenge, both technically and creatively. Finding a way to be comfortable with silence was one of his primary concerns with the truly solo performances. For the more layered material, through the use of loops and overdubbing, Frisell learned to rely solely on his own sound, creating an environment where he could feel the same sense of responding to other musical voices.

    Much of the original material on the album (except for "Ghost Town" and "Poem for Eva") receives its first recording here. Rounding out the set of originals are several cover tunes that Frisell links to various historical periods in his life and different stages in his musical development. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and “Wildwood Flower” by A.P. Carter reflect on some of the ideas he had been exploring in the previous few years. Frisell has been a fan of John McLaughlin ever since he started listening to jazz in 1969, when he heard McLaughlin on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew sessions, and McLaughlin’s “Follow Your Heart” had been a favorite for some time. Frisell first heard “My Man’s Gone Now” (George & Ira Gershwin) the very first time he discovered Jim Hall on a recording with Bill Evans.

    Ghost Town is Bill Frisell’s 13th recording for Nonesuch.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, loops and music boxes
    Greg Leisz, pedal steel, Dobro, lap steel, Weissenborn, National steel guitar and mandolin
    Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, samples
    Viktor Krauss, bass
    Jim Keltner, drums and percussion
    Ry Cooder, electric guitar, Ripley guitar (5)
    Jim Keltner, drums (5)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recorded at O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank
    Recording and Mixing Engineer: Judy Clapp
    Assistant Engineer: Jeff Shannon
    Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
    Assistant Engineer: Adam Muñoz
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
    Production Assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier

    All compositions by Bill Frisell, except track 5 (traditional)

    Design by Barbara De Wilde
    Photographs by Michael Wilson

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2000 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79583

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
38
83
Wednesday, March 1, 2000 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Bill Frisell
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597958324BUN
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597958362
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell marked his first-ever solo release in 2000 with Ghost Town, a project he considers a major personal milestone. The idea of making a solo record is one that had been simmering for a long time, “for as long as I’ve been playing,” recounts Frisell.

Frisell believes that one of the most important aspects of music in general, and certainly in his own music making, is interaction. An essential element of his creative process is responding to stimulus from other musicians, and so the prospect of playing alone was a great challenge, both technically and creatively. Finding a way to be comfortable with silence was one of his primary concerns with the truly solo performances. For the more layered material, through the use of loops and overdubbing, Frisell learned to rely solely on his own sound, creating an environment where he could feel the same sense of responding to other musical voices.

Much of the original material on the album (except for "Ghost Town" and "Poem for Eva") receives its first recording here. Rounding out the set of originals are several cover tunes that Frisell links to various historical periods in his life and different stages in his musical development. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and “Wildwood Flower” by A.P. Carter reflect on some of the ideas he had been exploring in the previous few years. Frisell has been a fan of John McLaughlin ever since he started listening to jazz in 1969, when he heard McLaughlin on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew sessions, and McLaughlin’s “Follow Your Heart” had been a favorite for some time. Frisell first heard “My Man’s Gone Now” (George & Ira Gershwin) the very first time he discovered Jim Hall on a recording with Bill Evans.

Ghost Town is Bill Frisell’s 13th recording for Nonesuch.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Frisell’s first-ever solo album is an evocative, highly personal meditation on American roots music, including interpretations of Hank Williams and A. P. Carter. Noted Billboard, “Frisell conjures off-kilter prairie hymns and bent Appalachian waltzes ... Ghost Town sounds like a classic already.”

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, loops and music boxes
Greg Leisz, pedal steel, Dobro, lap steel, Weissenborn, National steel guitar and mandolin
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, samples
Viktor Krauss, bass
Jim Keltner, drums and percussion
Ry Cooder, electric guitar, Ripley guitar (5)
Jim Keltner, drums (5)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded at O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Judy Clapp
Assistant Engineer: Jeff Shannon
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Assistant Engineer: Adam Muñoz
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
Production Assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier

All compositions by Bill Frisell, except track 5 (traditional)

Design by Barbara De Wilde
Photographs by Michael Wilson

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz