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Gone, Just Like a Train

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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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    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.”

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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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Working in a trio with legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Ry Cooder, John Hiatt) and Nashville bassist Viktor Krauss was, for Frisell, “a dream project come true.” The New York Times called the 1998 recording his “simplest and best recording in years.”

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79479

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Bill Frisell
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MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars
Viktor Krauss, bass
Jim Keltner, drums and percussion

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