Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bill Frisell, with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones

The mere fact that legendary drummer, Elvin Jones, and bassist Dave Holland are backing guitarist, Bill Frisell makes for an interesting proposition. However, those familiar with Jones and Holland should be aware of their respective faculties as artists who have performed with the creme de al creme of jazz, as their resumes and legacies are well documented. With this release, the rhythm sections' charter is seemingly fabricated upon delving into the leader's musical mindset, and highly individualistic style.
On the opener "Outlaws," the trio revels in a lightly swinging, blues based romp based upon the guitarist's multi-tracked acoustic/electric guitar performances. Here, Jones maintains a vibrant yet unobtrusive straight four pulse, while Holland solos and Frisell cranks the volume of his electric a few notches towards the finale. "Coffaro's Theme" is a pleasant C&W, homespun piece, featuring Frisell's now infamous idiosyncratic phraseology. Whereas, the band pursues country blues style themes amid Frisell's quite alluring, acoustic guitar-based spin on Henry Mancini's classic, "Moon River."
The musicians provide a slightly temperate song mix yet Jones displays his polyrhythmic fury during the beginning of "Again," although Frisell alters the direction with haunting lines via his sustained notes, loops, harmonics and well-placed crunch chords. Hence, this is a fine recording, even though many of the guitarist's loyal fans may be surmising when he is going to step out of the somewhat gentile curriculum witnessed in the recent past.
Glenn Astarita 

Source : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=8820#.UbeVfZx-viU

Bill Frisell
Dave Holland & Elvin Jones


1 Outlaws (Frisell)  7:55
2 Twenty Years (Frisell)  3:15
3 Coffaro's Theme (Frisell)  4:51
4 Blues Dream (Frisell)  4:48
5 Moon River (Mancini, Mercer)  6:26
6 Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa (Frisell)  9:07
7 Strange Meeting (Frisell)  5:26
8 Convict 13 (Frisell)  3:56
9 Again (Frisell)  7:33
10 Hard Times (Come Again No More) (Foster)  3:41
11 Justice and Honor (Frisell)  4:49
12 Smilin' Jones (Frisell)  5:02

Bill Frisell - g

Dave Holland - b
Elvin Jones - dr

Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York City and Different Fur Recording, San Francisco ;  2001 ?

For his 15th Nonesuch release, Bill Frisell has teamed up with two of the most revered figures in contemporary jazz, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Elvin Jones, for the first time on record. An impromptu meeting of these three unique voices resulted in instant musical chemistry, as they revisited—and often transformed—Frisell’s compositions and a pair of standards.
According to Frisell, co-producer Michael Shrieve — a former member of Santana and a highly creative drummer with whom Frisell has worked — first suggested playing with Jones. “Michael has known Elvin since he was a little kid,” Frisell explains, “and is currently writing a book about him. Out of the blue he told me that I should play with Elvin. I had met Elvin once, about 15 years ago, but I never thought I’d get a chance to play with him.”
Seeing that Shrieve was perfectly serious about the suggestion, Frisell and co-producer Lee Townsend quickly decided on the right bassist for the project. “I had played a little bit with Dave,” Frisell says, “and we’d talked about doing more work together. And Dave had worked with Elvin, so I thought he might be able to tie it all together. The whole thing was like a dream, to be able to play with these guys.”
Each of Frisell’s collaborators on the eponymously titled release can rightfully claim the tag “legendary.” British-born bassist Dave Holland was a mainstay in Miles Davis’s bands immediately prior to and during the Bitches Brew era, and also worked in more avant-garde settings with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton. In recent years Holland has become one of the most celebrated composers and bandleaders in jazz.
Born in Pontiac and raised in Detroit as part of an enormously gifted musical family, Elvin Jones became one of the most popular and influential drummers in jazz history through his work in the John Coltrane Quartet. He, too, has been a celebrated bandleader, and numerous younger musicians — including Nicholas Payton, Javon Jackson, and Ravi Coltrane—have received their bandstand seasoning as members of his Jazz Machine.
In selecting the tunes for the session, Frisell and Townsend picked some of his most enduring compositions, which were then transformed by the band in the studio. “I wanted to bring Dave and Elvin into my world,” Frisell said. “Strange Meeting,” originally a martial tango, is recast here as a breezy bossa nova. Bluesier material and a folk ballad by Stephen Foster, “Hard Times,” were also chosen because Frisell had always heard the blues in Jones’s playing. “I wasn’t sure how he would react,” Frisell says, “but Elvin got really excited about this stuff — he said that it took him back to the music he used to listen to as a kid in Detroit, like Big Bill Broonzy. And selfishly, if someone has a tune, who wouldn’t want to hear what it would sound like if Elvin Jones played it ?”

Source : http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/bill-frisell-with-dave-holland-and-elvin-jones


Melanchthon said...


vsense said...

Looking forward to this one,