Bill Frisell (featuring Elvin Jones): Moon River
Bill Frisell (guitar)
Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones (Nonesuch 79624)
Composed by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: New York, 2000
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The hectic schedules of these three master players prevented them from having much time to track this record live in the studio. Taking live tracks from Holland and Jones, Frisell overdubbed many layers of acoustic and electric guitars to create an interesting amalgam of spontaneous, unrehearsed interplay and careful, atmospheric arranging. While a few of the tracks seem forced, all three musicians are consistently superb. "Moon River" features Jones's delicate yet self-assured brushwork executing the triplet runs that listeners are used to hearing played with sticks (at a much higher decibel level). While Elvin used brushes on many tracks throughout his career, few performances display his mastery of brush playing as this does – one of his most subdued and mature performances.
Reviewer: Eric Novod