Songs We Know

Submitted by nonesuch on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 19:14
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Guitarist Frisell and pianist Fred Hersch explore American Songbook classics. Says New York’s Daily News, “Their romanticism is edged with a contemporary tartness ... They remap and reinvigorate standards like ‘I Got Rhythm’ in sly, appealing, and often hilarious ways.”

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The album by pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell, Songs We Know, is a stirring collection of standards. Recorded in 1997 in San Francisco, the session highlights the coming together of two of the most distinctive stylists of our time.

Hersch, whose work “has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers” (The New Yorker) and Frisell, who was deemed “the most significant and widely imitated guitarist to emerge in jazz since the beginning of the 1980s” (New York Times), teamed up for a session that became what Boston Globe jazz critic Bob Blumenthal, in his liner note to the recording, calls “one of the most singular encounters in years.”

Hersch and Frisell trace their relationship back to the 1980s, when they played a few gigs together in New York City, collaborating with such musicians as Marc Johnson and Joey Baron. When they found themselves labelmates on Nonesuch Records, one of Hersch’s first thoughts was to make an album with Frisell.

Frisell and Hersch concur that the session could have gone many different ways, but it was their mutual love for the standards, with all of their simplicity, history, and potential for new interpretation, that led them to what is heard on Songs We Know. Both players are driven by the idea of sound, and the openness of these tunes was a source of inspiration throughout the session.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded at Möbius Music, San Francisco
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Assistant Engineer: mark Slagle
Mastered by Craig Calbi at Masterdisk, New York City
Production Assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photograph by Michael Wilson

Nonesuch Selection Number

79468

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1disc
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Fred Hersch
Bill Frisell
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MUSICIANS
Fred Hersch, piano
Bill Frisell, guitar

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075597946826BUN
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MP3
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075597946864
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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

    The album by pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell, Songs We Know, is a stirring collection of standards. Recorded in 1997 in San Francisco, the session highlights the coming together of two of the most distinctive stylists of our time.

    Hersch, whose work “has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers” (The New Yorker) and Frisell, who was deemed “the most significant and widely imitated guitarist to emerge in jazz since the beginning of the 1980s” (New York Times), teamed up for a session that became what Boston Globe jazz critic Bob Blumenthal, in his liner note to the recording, calls “one of the most singular encounters in years.”

    Hersch and Frisell trace their relationship back to the 1980s, when they played a few gigs together in New York City, collaborating with such musicians as Marc Johnson and Joey Baron. When they found themselves labelmates on Nonesuch Records, one of Hersch’s first thoughts was to make an album with Frisell.

    Frisell and Hersch concur that the session could have gone many different ways, but it was their mutual love for the standards, with all of their simplicity, history, and potential for new interpretation, that led them to what is heard on Songs We Know. Both players are driven by the idea of sound, and the openness of these tunes was a source of inspiration throughout the session.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Fred Hersch, piano
    Bill Frisell, guitar

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recorded at Möbius Music, San Francisco
    Recording and Mixing Engineer: Christian Jones
    Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
    Assistant Engineer: mark Slagle
    Mastered by Craig Calbi at Masterdisk, New York City
    Production Assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier
    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Photograph by Michael Wilson

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