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  • Bill Frisell Brings Multimedia "Disfarmer Project" to Europe

    Bill Frisell launches an 11-city European tour featuring the music of his last Nonesuch album, Disfarmer, in Hamburg, Germany, tonight. Joining him on tour are steel-guitar player Greg Leisz, bassist Viktor Krauss, and violinist Carrie Rodriquez. In the multimedia piece, inspired by the life, work, and subjects of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer, projected images of Disfarmer's portraits illuminate Frisell's musical perspectives on this fascinating character.

  • Bill Frisell Begins Two-Week Residency at New York's Village Vanguard; Film Featuring His Music Opens at Hot Docs Festival

    Bill Frisell is in New York City this week to begin a two-week residency at the Village Vanguard. This week's line-up features the Bill Frisell Trio, with Eyvind Kang on violin and Rudy Royston on drums. Next week, Frisell leads his 858 Quartet, with Kang returning on violin, Jenny Scheinman on violin as well, and Hank Roberts joining on cello. Tonight, Portrait of a Man, a new documentary film featuring Frisell's music, receives its international premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

About this Album

Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell, an artist who has been called, “the most significant and widely imitated guitarist to emerge in jazz since the beginning of the 1980s” (New York Times), has been widely acknowledged for his restless eclecticism. He moves in yet another musical direction with Gone, Just Like a Train. Recorded in Burbank in 1997, it features Frisell with renowned drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Viktor Krauss in a jam-oriented rock-inflected set that reflects the wide emotional range of Frisell’s compositions.

Frisell first became aware of Jim Keltner when he heard John Hiatt’s record Bring the Family, with Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe. He was immediately fascinated by the recording and by Keltner’s playing and made an arrangement of Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me,” from which his 1994 Nonesuch recording Have a Little Faith takes its name. In recounting this first collaboration with Keltner, Frisell said, “He’s one of the most inventive, good-feeling, creative, humble, giving, soulful musicians I’ve ever played with.”

Frisell’s collaboration with Viktor Krauss began on his 1997 record Nashville, which MUSICIAN called, “among the earthiest and most deeply felt of Frisell’s many fine recordings.” The guitarist contacted Krauss, who has worked as Lyle Lovett’s exclusive bass player, at the very last minute for those sessions. Frisell later said: “I can’t imagine what might (or might not) have happened if he hadn’t been there. He turned out to be the magic glue that held everything together.” This, and the fact that Krauss is also a big Keltner fan, meant he “had to be the guy” for the new record.

Bill Frisell calls Gone, Just Like a Train “a dream project come true.” He says that Keltner and Krauss "have a lot going on under the surface. Things aren’t always what they seem. Paradox. What I love about music is what cannot be explained. Mystery. These guys have it.”


Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars
Viktor Krauss, bass
Jim Keltner, drums and percussion

Produced by: Lee Townsend
Recorded at O’Henry Sound Studios, Burbank
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Judy Clapp
Assistant Engineers: Brett Swain, Jeff Shannon
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Assistant Engineer: Mark Slagele
Mastered at Masterdisk; New York City
Engineer: Greg Calbi
Production Assistance: Louisa Spier, Noel Grey

All compositions by Bill Frisell

Design by Gwen Terpstra
Art by Jim Woodring

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