NPR Airs Bill Frisell Trio Kennedy Center Concert; Frisell Among "Most Compelling Artists on the Scene Today"
Bill Frisell performed with his Trio—Kenny Wollesen on drums and Tony Scherr on bass—at the Kennedy Center last month. You can hear the concert online from NPR's JazzSet. In her introduction, host DeeDee Bridgewater describes Frisell as "a superman of contemporary improvisational music and one of the most compelling artists on the scene today."
Bill Frisell brought his Trio, with Kenny Wollesen on drums and Tony Scherr on bass, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for an improvised performance last month that the Washington Post's Mike Joyce cited for "Frisell's inherent fascination with melodic pull." NPR's JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater, from WBGO Jazz 88, has now broadcast the concert, which you can listen to online at npr.org. In her introduction to the set, Bridgewater describes Frisell as "a superman of contemporary improvisational music and one of the most compelling artists on the scene today."
On the concert page at npr.org, Mark Schramm suggests that listeners "think of Frisell as a master painter who takes traditional American music forms like jazz, blues and folk and melds them into evocative soundscapes."
Read more and listen to the concert at npr.org.
NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon uses this Kennedy Center set as a jumping off point for a discussion of improvisation in live jazz sets on the NPR Jazz blog A Blog Supreme. You can read it and weigh in at npr.org.
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