Bill Frisell: Strange Meeting
Bill Frisell (guitar, guitar synthesizer)
Rambler (ECM 1287)
Jerome Harris (electric bass).
Composed by Bill Frisell.
Recorded: New York, August 1984
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
In this Bill Frisell composition, Bob Stewart's tuba is the perfect backdrop for an unlikely excursion into the alien and unknown. Frisell's guitar synthesizer is tuned to an otherworldly frequency that is strangely organic yet confoundedly unfamiliar. He bends and extends the decay of his notes in a masterful display of electronic technique and harmonic appeal. He and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler match notes perfectly, letting them wistfully fade to their own demise. This Roswellian adventure (that's New Mexico, not Rudd) is at once playful and mysterious. It draws you in by the creative exploitation of the various sounds that Frisell and Co. skillfully weave into an overall Outer Limits-like quality. Abduction is a possibility during this strange encounter of the Frisell kind. But beware: you may find it so intoxicating that you'll never return.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello