Quartet

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Guitarist Frisell assembles a unique quartet lineup—Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Eyvind Kang (violin, tuba), Ron Miles (trumpet)—for a set that ranges in approach from jazz to country. “Quartet may be his masterpiece,” says the New York Times.

Description

Guitarist Bill Frisell’s music can rarely be classified as traditional jazz, and the band on Quartet is also a departure from the traditional jazz quartet—and from the musicians with whom he has worked on several previous projects. Dubbed a “masterpiece” by the New York Times, the album features Frisell on electric and acoustic guitar, Ron Miles on trumpet, Eyvind Kang on violin and tuba, and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone.

“It’s heavily weighted in favor of composition over improvisation,“ the New York Times states, “and his guitar—sometimes electric, sometimes acoustic, sometimes vague and airy, sometimes cold and hard—motors quietly in and out of the horns. He may be after blues seriousness or slapstick humor. But he’s always after grace and movement, and the album is an achievement, a profound mix of the old and the new.”

The instrumentation on Quartet evokes a distinct American regional flavor, incorporating melodic jazz and even country styles. The album includes short tunes for film, as well as several from Gary Larson’s CBS special Tales from the Far Side. Universally recognized for his dazzling technique and innovative style, and often noted for his sizzling, free form delivery, Frisell offers an album of original compositions that is defined by an organic compositional unity.

The Bill Frisell Quartet was formed in the spring of 1995, and has performed in San Francisco and Seattle and toured in Europe. “It’s so different from the traditional guitar-bass-drum thing, even though Joey Baron, Kermit Driscoll, and I never played like a typical jazz trio,” Frisell says. “This group, with violin and brass, can play an orchestral range of sounds. It’s gigantic.”

Frisell’s two 1995 Nonesuch recordings of soundtrack music for Buster Keaton films prompted the Oakland Tribune to call him “the most inventive and compelling guitarist to emerge in more than a decade. Bill Frisell has become a modem legend among guitar players.”

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded at Möbius Music, San Francisco, California
Engineer: Oliver DiCicco
Assistant Engineer: Christian Jones
Mixed at Bad Animals, Seattle, Washington
Engineer: Judy Clapp
Assistant Engineer: John Burton
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk, New York, New York

Much of the music here has been arranged for the quartet using themes originally written for film. Tracks 1, 5-7, 9, and 12 are from Tales from the Far Side, an animated television special created by Gary Larson. Tracks 3 and 13 are from the Italian film La Scuola directed by Daniele Luchetti. Tracks 4 and 10 were written for the Buster Keaton film Convict 13. All compositions by Bill Frisell except Track 8 by Bill Frisell and Ron Miles. Tracks 5 and 9 borrow from "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

Design by Terpstra Design, San Francisco, California
Cover Illustration: The Boy by Thomas Hart Benton

Nonesuch Selection Number

79401

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1disc
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Bill Frisell
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MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars
Ron Miles, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Eyvind Kang, violin, tuba
Curtis Fowlkes, trombone

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  • 79401

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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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  • About This Album

    Guitarist Bill Frisell’s music can rarely be classified as traditional jazz, and the band on Quartet is also a departure from the traditional jazz quartet—and from the musicians with whom he has worked on several previous projects. Dubbed a “masterpiece” by the New York Times, the album features Frisell on electric and acoustic guitar, Ron Miles on trumpet, Eyvind Kang on violin and tuba, and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone.

    “It’s heavily weighted in favor of composition over improvisation,“ the New York Times states, “and his guitar—sometimes electric, sometimes acoustic, sometimes vague and airy, sometimes cold and hard—motors quietly in and out of the horns. He may be after blues seriousness or slapstick humor. But he’s always after grace and movement, and the album is an achievement, a profound mix of the old and the new.”

    The instrumentation on Quartet evokes a distinct American regional flavor, incorporating melodic jazz and even country styles. The album includes short tunes for film, as well as several from Gary Larson’s CBS special Tales from the Far Side. Universally recognized for his dazzling technique and innovative style, and often noted for his sizzling, free form delivery, Frisell offers an album of original compositions that is defined by an organic compositional unity.

    The Bill Frisell Quartet was formed in the spring of 1995, and has performed in San Francisco and Seattle and toured in Europe. “It’s so different from the traditional guitar-bass-drum thing, even though Joey Baron, Kermit Driscoll, and I never played like a typical jazz trio,” Frisell says. “This group, with violin and brass, can play an orchestral range of sounds. It’s gigantic.”

    Frisell’s two 1995 Nonesuch recordings of soundtrack music for Buster Keaton films prompted the Oakland Tribune to call him “the most inventive and compelling guitarist to emerge in more than a decade. Bill Frisell has become a modem legend among guitar players.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars
    Ron Miles, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
    Eyvind Kang, violin, tuba
    Curtis Fowlkes, trombone

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recorded at Möbius Music, San Francisco, California
    Engineer: Oliver DiCicco
    Assistant Engineer: Christian Jones
    Mixed at Bad Animals, Seattle, Washington
    Engineer: Judy Clapp
    Assistant Engineer: John Burton
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk, New York, New York

    Much of the music here has been arranged for the quartet using themes originally written for film. Tracks 1, 5-7, 9, and 12 are from Tales from the Far Side, an animated television special created by Gary Larson. Tracks 3 and 13 are from the Italian film La Scuola directed by Daniele Luchetti. Tracks 4 and 10 were written for the Buster Keaton film Convict 13. All compositions by Bill Frisell except Track 8 by Bill Frisell and Ron Miles. Tracks 5 and 9 borrow from "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

    Design by Terpstra Design, San Francisco, California
    Cover Illustration: The Boy by Thomas Hart Benton

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