Monday, February 26, 2007

Bill Frisell - Live (1995)

Bill Frisell had been working regularly with bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron for five years when they recorded this concert in Spain in 1991. The familiarity shows in the spontaneity and in the intuitive grasp of every shifting musical gesture. The 70-minute performance may show Frisell's range and the ease with which he flows from one mood or genre to another better than any single studio CD. There's nothing contrived about the way a piece of Appalachian-inspired melody can sing with heightened clarity, only to transmute into fractured bits of electronic sound; nothing false in a Sonny Rollins bop tune, "No Moe," taking on country-western and funk edges. It's Frisell's sheer involvement with his guitar and all the dimensions of music that comes through here, more than the strange ballet between common and arcane forms. He can immerse himself in forms from bop and free jazz to folk melodies and rock, slide from high modern pointillism to heavy-metal chord storms, or play his way from Baroque dance forms to surf guitar and spy-movie themes. The eerie bends and film noir ambience of the often-played "Strange Meeting" might serve as a symbol for the whole enterprise. There's hardly a musical border that doesn't get blurred here, but it's the feeling of a band enjoying what they're doing that comes through strongest, so that even the strangest and most subtle transitions come off with the naturalness and enthusiasm of a garage band. --Stuart Broomer


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1. Throughout Listen
2. Rag Listen
3. Crumb/No Moe Listen
4. Have A Little Faith In Me Listen
5. Pip, Squeak/Goodbye Listen
6. Hello Nellie Listen
7. Strange Meeting Listen
8. Hangdog Listen
9. Child At Heart Listen
10. Again Listen
11. When We Go Listen

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bill Frisell - Where in the World?

Where in the World? essential recording
These recordings from 1990-91 add cellist Hank Roberts to Bill Frisell's then-usual trio with bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron, and there's a remarkable affinity between Roberts and Frisell's instrumental approaches. So much of Frisell's distinctive guitar style has come from his attention to sustain and pitch bending, qualities immediately available in Roberts's cello. Several of the guitarist's compositions here are concentrated on that relationship and on the spatial distinction that exists between those effects when they're accomplished by acoustic or electronic means. It's one of the things separating Frisell from the more commonplace forms of jazz fusion. He actually explores the differences and crossovers between acoustic and electronic space to create a musical analogue for the ways we experience technology. That's also evident in his contrasting uses of acoustic and electric guitars on individual tracks. There are tracks here, like "Rob Roy" and "Smilin' Jones," when Frisell's music suggests a parallel evolution of American music, as if country & western and not jazz had become its "art" music. With its rhythmic and tonal conflicts and odd, oscillating blendings of acoustic guitar harmonics, bowed cello, and Roberts's electronic "jazz-a-phone fiddle," the title track seems to pose "Where in the World?" as a utopian question. --Stuart Broomer

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1. Unsung Heroes Listen
2. Rob Roy Listen
3. Spell Listen
4. Child At Heart Listen
5. Beautiful E. Listen
6. Again Listen
7. Smilin' Jones Listen
8. Where In The World? Listen
9. Worry Doll Listen
10. Let Me In Listen

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Godfather Part III: [SOUNDTRACK]

The Godfather Part III: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


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1. Main Title - Nino Rota Listen
2. The Godfather Waltz - Nino Rota Listen
3. Marcia Religioso - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
4. Michael's Letter - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
5. Immigrant/Love Theme From 'the Godfather, Pt. Iii - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
6. The Godfather Waltz - Nino Rota Listen
7. To Each His Own - Al Martino Listen
8. Vincent's Theme - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
9. Altobello - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
10. The Godfather Intermezzo - Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota Listen
11. Sicilian Medley: Va Pensiero/etc... - Carmine Coppola Listen
12. Promise Me You'll Remember (Love Theme...) - Harry Connick Jr. Listen
13. Preludio And Siciliana - Turiddu Listen
14. A Casa Amiche - Turiddu and chorus Listen
15. Preghiera - Chorus Listen
16. Finale - Turiddu and chorus Listen
17. Coda: The Godfather Finale - Nino Rota Listen

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+ Bonus: Canción Brucia la Luna, Brucia la Terra

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