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The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs

  • The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs
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  • Ahead of the long-awaited world premiere of Omar, the opera composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, next Friday, Giddens has released her own recording of the song “Julie’s Aria” from the opera. The recording was made by Giddens with guitarist Bill Frisell and her frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi. Omar is based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807. “My work as a whole is about excavating and shining a light on pieces of history that not only need to be seen and heard," Giddens says, "but that can also add to the conversation about what’s going on now. This is a story that hasn’t been represented in the operatic world—or in any world.” Omar will also be performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

  • Cornetist, composer, and educator Ron Miles died at his home in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, March 8, due to complications from polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, at the age 58. He can be heard on several Nonesuch recordings, performing with Joshua Redman on the 2018 Grammy-nominated album Still Dreaming and with Bill Frisell on History, Mystery (2008), Blues Dream (2001), and Quartet (1996).

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    The first in a series of compilations drawn from Bill Frisell's catalog spotlights his idiosyncratic excursions into country and traditional folk. The Guardian calls it "a delectable collection," and The Independent gives five stars to this album of "beautiful, ringing musicality: 15 pieces of fathomless depth played with the freshness and simplicity that only genius brings. Make your world anew and treat yourself."

    "It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell," says the New York Times.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars (1-15), loops (3, 5, 8, 13-15), music boxes (5, 8, 15)
    Viktor Krauss, bass (2, 4, 5, 7-9, 11, 15)
    Jim Keltner, drums, percussion (2, 5, 7-9, 15)
    Danny Barnes, banjo, acoustic guitar, bass harmonica, pump organ (3, 14)
    Keith Lowe, bass (3, 14)
    Jerry Douglas, dobro (4, 11)
    Greg Leisz, pedal steel, lap steel, National steel guitar, mandolin (5, 13, 15); Weissenborn (5, 15); Dobro, Scheerhorn resonator guitar (13)
    Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, samples (5, 15)
    Ry Cooder, electric and Ripley guitar (8)
    Kermit Driscoll, bass (10)
    Joey Baron, drums (10)
    David Piltch, bass (13)
    Kenny Wollesen, drums, percussion (13)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    All tracks produced by Lee Townsend, except tracks 4, 6, 10, 11 by Wayne Horvitz
    Tracks 1, 12 from Ghost Town; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
    Tracks 2, 7, 9 from Gone, Just Like a Train; tracks 5, 8, 15 from Good Dog, Happy Man; track 13 from Blues Dream; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Judy Clapp
    Tracks 3, 14 from The Willies; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tucker Martine
    Tracks 4, 11 from Nashville; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
    Track 6 from Is That You?; Recording Engineer: Jay Follette; Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
    Track 10 from Have a Little Faith; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Joe Ferla

    All songs written by Bill Frisell, except track 1 by Hank Williams; track 3, 8, 14 Traditional; track 10 by John Hiatt; and track 12 by A. P. Carter

    Cover photograph by Michael Wilson
    Design by Barbara deWilde

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on December 16, 2008 - 12:50pm
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The first in a series of compilations drawn from Bill Frisell's catalog spotlights his idiosyncratic excursions into country and traditional folk. The Guardian calls it "a delectable collection," and The Independent gives five stars to this album of "beautiful, ringing musicality: 15 pieces of fathomless depth played with the freshness and simplicity that only genius brings. Make your world anew and treat yourself."

Description: 

The first in a series of compilations drawn from Bill Frisell's catalog spotlights his idiosyncratic excursions into country and traditional folk. The Guardian calls it "a delectable collection," and The Independent gives five stars to this album of "beautiful, ringing musicality: 15 pieces of fathomless depth played with the freshness and simplicity that only genius brings. Make your world anew and treat yourself."

"It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell," says the New York Times.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
All tracks produced by Lee Townsend, except tracks 4, 6, 10, 11 by Wayne Horvitz
Tracks 1, 12 from Ghost Town; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
Tracks 2, 7, 9 from Gone, Just Like a Train; tracks 5, 8, 15 from Good Dog, Happy Man; track 13 from Blues Dream; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Judy Clapp
Tracks 3, 14 from The Willies; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tucker Martine
Tracks 4, 11 from Nashville; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
Track 6 from Is That You?; Recording Engineer: Jay Follette; Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
Track 10 from Have a Little Faith; Recording and Mixing Engineer: Joe Ferla

All songs written by Bill Frisell, except track 1 by Hank Williams; track 3, 8, 14 Traditional; track 10 by John Hiatt; and track 12 by A. P. Carter

Cover photograph by Michael Wilson
Design by Barbara deWilde

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

516092

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597986334BUN
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597986310
Price: 
9.00
Artist Name: 
Bill Frisell
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MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars (1-15), loops (3, 5, 8, 13-15), music boxes (5, 8, 15)
Viktor Krauss, bass (2, 4, 5, 7-9, 11, 15)
Jim Keltner, drums, percussion (2, 5, 7-9, 15)
Danny Barnes, banjo, acoustic guitar, bass harmonica, pump organ (3, 14)
Keith Lowe, bass (3, 14)
Jerry Douglas, dobro (4, 11)
Greg Leisz, pedal steel, lap steel, National steel guitar, mandolin (5, 13, 15); Weissenborn (5, 15); Dobro, Scheerhorn resonator guitar (13)
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, samples (5, 15)
Ry Cooder, electric and Ripley guitar (8)
Kermit Driscoll, bass (10)
Joey Baron, drums (10)
David Piltch, bass (13)
Kenny Wollesen, drums, percussion (13)

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