Bill Frisell: Monica Jane

"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.

February 19, 2008 · 0 comments


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