Bill Frisell - Beautiful Dreamers (4 stars)

Bill Frisell - Beautiful Dreamers

(Savoy Jazz)

The guitarist continues to plough his idiosyncratic furrow through American music with this new trio, featuring viola player Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston. The album also marks the switch to a new record label following a 20-year association with Nonesuch. Although new on disc, this trio has been playing live for a couple of years, and it shows.

The music is a characteristically intriguing selection of Frisell originals and covers, ranging from Benny Goodman’s ‘Benny’s Bugle’ to Little Anthony and the Imperials’ ‘Goin’ Out of My Head’, and taking in folk, blues, country and bluegrass sources along the way. Frisell’s trademark spidery, evocative guitar work makes less use of effects than on many other projects, part of a rather sombre pared-down sound that generally works well on the chosen material.

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