Bill Frisell: Monica Jane
Bill Frisell (guitar)
This Land (Elektra Nonesuch: 9 79316-2)
Bill Frisell (guitar),
Billy Drewes (alto sax), Don Byron (bass clarinet), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Joey Baron (drums).
Composed by Bill Frisell.
Recorded: Astoria, NY, October 1992
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
"Monica Jane" is basically a country blues, with Drewes's preaching alto improv preceding Frisell's beautifully paced, dramatic solo, replete with rich bent-note lines – surprisingly conventional perhaps for him, but a gift for the listener. Frisell, the master of soundscapes for guitar – from over the top to hardly even there – is drawn to all facets of American music, be it ragtime, Western Swing, country, marching band, the Latin tinge, folk, the compositional style of Julius Hemphill, the performing style of Jim Hall, or, as on this track, just the blues, ma'am.
Reviewer: Scott Albin