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The Intercontinentals

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  • Sam Amidon and guitarist Bill Frisell are the guests on the eTown radio show. Following Frisell's set, Amidon makes his eTown debut performing three songs from his latest album, Lily-O—"Down the Line," "Walkin' Boss," and "Your Lone Journey"—as well as "Another Man Done Gone," from an earlier album, and joins host Nick Forster for a conversation about his life and music. The show closes with a group performance of "I'll Fly Away." You can listen to the complete show and watch the performances here.

  • Sam Amidon is the guest on today's episode of NPR's World Cafe. He is joined by guitarist Bill Frisell, who is featured on Amidon's new album, Lily-O, to perform four songs from the album: "Walkin' Boss," "Blue Mountains," "Your Lone Journey," and a web-exclusive take on "Groundhog Variations." The two also talk with World Cafe host David Dye about recording of the new album in Iceland and more. You can watch their performance of "Walkin' Boss" below and hear the complete session at npr.org.

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  • About This Album

    This release by celebrated guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell marks the recording debut of The Intercontinentals, a band he formed in 2001 and which made its performance debut at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival that fall. The recording, produced by Lee Townsend, features both the original band members—the Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist Vinicius Cantuária; Greek-Macedonian musician Christos Govetas on oud, bouzouki and vocals; and Mali’s Sidiki Camara on percussion and vocals—as well as subsequently added musicians Greg Leisz on pedal steel and various slide guitars and violinist Jenny Scheinman.

    Blending Frisell’s own brand of American roots music and his inimitable improvisational style with the influences of Brazilian, Greek, and Malian sounds has enabled him to expand upon his compositional technique in unique ways. The resulting sound has been described by DownBeat as possessing “fine webs of guitar interlacings, swaying momentum, dense textures and rhythmic urgency.” The album’s 14 tracks also include compositions by Cantuária, Govetas, Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore, and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.

    Frisell, in talking about this collaboration, has said, “With this group I’ve been finding all kinds of new musical connections. It’s been a challenge and an inspiration.”

    In addition to Frisell’s ongoing performance and collaborative recording activities, he was honored at London’s Barbican Theatre not long before the release of the album with An Evening with Bill Frisell, where he performed with The Intercontinentals, the newly created Bill Frisell Sextet featuring Leisz, Ron Miles, Scheinman, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wolleson, plus special guests Djelimady Tounkara, the celebrated guitarist from Mali, and Eliza Carthy, the young singer and violinist from the UK.

     

     

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric guitar (1-7, 9, 10, 12-14), acoustic guitar (5, 7), nylon string guitar (8, 11), baritone guitar (4), bass (13), loop (1, 3, 5-7, 9, 12, 13)
    Christos Govetas, vocals (7-9), oud (1-3, 5, 7-10, 12, 13), bouzouki (4)
    Greg Leisz, Asher lap steel (1, 4, 12), pedal steel guitar (2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14), National lap steel (7), Scheerhorn resonator guitar (13), loop (1, 3, 5,12)
    Vinicius Cantuaria, voice (1, 7, 9, 11, 13), electric guitar (5, 7, 9, 11), nylon string guitar (2), snare drum (1, 3, 12, 13), bass drum (1, 3, 12, 13), triangle (2)
    Sidiki Camara, vocals (4, 12), calabash (1-5, 7, 9-13), shaker (1-5, 7, 9-13), cymbals (1-5, 7, 9, 11-13), djembe (2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12), congas (11)
    Jenny Scheinman, violin (2-7, 9, 12-14), harmony vocal (7)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tucker Martine
    Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
    Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
    Pro-Tools Editing: Floyd Reitsma and Justin Lieberman
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

    All compositions by Bill Frisell except track 4 by Boubacar Traore, track 7 by Gilberto Gil, track 8 Traditional, track 10 by Christos Govetas, track 11 by Vinicius Cantuaria

    Design: Doyle Partners
    Audio Equipment Photos: Tom Schierlitz

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 04:00
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Frisell’s band of world-music adventurers hails from Greece, Mali, and Brazil—“as diverse a lineup as any musical globalist could wish for,” says the Los Angeles Times. “The great beauty of this album is the consistent surprises it offers.”

Description: 

This release by celebrated guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell marks the recording debut of The Intercontinentals, a band he formed in 2001 and which made its performance debut at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival that fall. The recording, produced by Lee Townsend, features both the original band members—the Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist Vinicius Cantuária; Greek-Macedonian musician Christos Govetas on oud, bouzouki and vocals; and Mali’s Sidiki Camara on percussion and vocals—as well as subsequently added musicians Greg Leisz on pedal steel and various slide guitars and violinist Jenny Scheinman.

Blending Frisell’s own brand of American roots music and his inimitable improvisational style with the influences of Brazilian, Greek, and Malian sounds has enabled him to expand upon his compositional technique in unique ways. The resulting sound has been described by DownBeat as possessing “fine webs of guitar interlacings, swaying momentum, dense textures and rhythmic urgency.” The album’s 14 tracks also include compositions by Cantuária, Govetas, Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore, and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.

Frisell, in talking about this collaboration, has said, “With this group I’ve been finding all kinds of new musical connections. It’s been a challenge and an inspiration.”

In addition to Frisell’s ongoing performance and collaborative recording activities, he was honored at London’s Barbican Theatre not long before the release of the album with An Evening with Bill Frisell, where he performed with The Intercontinentals, the newly created Bill Frisell Sextet featuring Leisz, Ron Miles, Scheinman, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wolleson, plus special guests Djelimady Tounkara, the celebrated guitarist from Mali, and Eliza Carthy, the young singer and violinist from the UK.

 

 

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tucker Martine
Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Pro-Tools Editing: Floyd Reitsma and Justin Lieberman
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

All compositions by Bill Frisell except track 4 by Boubacar Traore, track 7 by Gilberto Gil, track 8 Traditional, track 10 by Christos Govetas, track 11 by Vinicius Cantuaria

Design: Doyle Partners
Audio Equipment Photos: Tom Schierlitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79661

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MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric guitar (1-7, 9, 10, 12-14), acoustic guitar (5, 7), nylon string guitar (8, 11), baritone guitar (4), bass (13), loop (1, 3, 5-7, 9, 12, 13)
Christos Govetas, vocals (7-9), oud (1-3, 5, 7-10, 12, 13), bouzouki (4)
Greg Leisz, Asher lap steel (1, 4, 12), pedal steel guitar (2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14), National lap steel (7), Scheerhorn resonator guitar (13), loop (1, 3, 5,12)
Vinicius Cantuaria, voice (1, 7, 9, 11, 13), electric guitar (5, 7, 9, 11), nylon string guitar (2), snare drum (1, 3, 12, 13), bass drum (1, 3, 12, 13), triangle (2)
Sidiki Camara, vocals (4, 12), calabash (1-5, 7, 9-13), shaker (1-5, 7, 9-13), cymbals (1-5, 7, 9, 11-13), djembe (2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12), congas (11)
Jenny Scheinman, violin (2-7, 9, 12-14), harmony vocal (7)

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