Bill Frisell: Rambler
Bill Frisell (guitar, guitar synthesizer)
Rambler (ECM 1287)
Jerome Harris (electric bass).
Composed by Bill Frisell.
Recorded: New York, August 1984
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Bill Frisell refuses to be pigeonholed into a particular genre or style. For this adventure into ethnically inspired music, he joins forces with the equally eclectic trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, drum colorist Paul Motian and bassist Jerome Harris, plus the unlikely addition of Bob Stewart's tuba. "Rambler" has the swagger of a young Clint Eastwood riding into a sleepy Mexican border town with a 6-gun at his side and an appetite for the local senoritas. Frisell uses his echo-filled guitar synthesizer and Wheeler's wailing Mariachi-inspired trumpet to create the aural equivalent of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, and it works marvelously. Stewart's tuba adds a welcome earthy tone to this vibrant palette. Deceptively simple, cleverly conceived, and masterfully executed, this inspired hybrid effectively transports you to a scene normally available only in the recesses of your subconscious.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello