Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell



William Richard Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. He was also a longtime member of Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until Motian's death in 2011. Since 2000, Frisell's eclectic output as a bandleader has emphasized folk, country music, and Americana.



Music IS
Music IS is an album by musical artist Bill Frisell, released on March 16, 2018.
Rambler is a song by musical artist Bill Frisell, released on February 9, 2018.
Small Town
Small Town is a live album by Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan recorded at the Village Vanguard in 2016 and released on the ECM label the following year.
Guitar in the Space Age!
Guitar in the Space Age!

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Popular Albums50

Album Appearances & References129

Popular Songs3

Song Appearances & References3

Popular Live Albums3

Live Album Appearances & References3

Musical Group References2

Minor Film Appearances & References3

Collaborators & Influencers31

Other Music-Related Relationships25

Personal & Professional Relationships1

Awards & Nominations2

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Spotify - Albums & Singles81


Spotify - Appears On46


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles5

‘Music Is’ by Bill Frisell Review: Where Many Genres Meet
  –  March 20, 2018
On Thursday night at Manhattan’s Village Vanguard jazz club, in the midst of a two-week run, guitarist Bill Frisell exuded authority and compassion in equal measure while leading his trio. He prompted drummer Rudy Royston to play gently here or with ...
March 18 birthdays
  –  March 18, 2018
Composer John Kander, 91; country singer Charley Pride, 84; Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk, 82; country singer Margie Bowes, 77; actor Kevin Dobson, 75; actor Brad Dourif, 68; jazz musician Bill Frisell, 67 ...
Review: Bleeps, blorps and lots more from Bill Frisell
  –  March 14, 2018
There are many Bill Frisells on "Music IS," and they are all terrific. For his first solo album in 18 years, the guitarist beyond category touches upon a wide range of genres. Frisell plays pop, jazz, country, folk and the blues, as well as classical ...
Clark County Parks and Recreation Announces the Return of the 29th Annual “Jazz in the Park” Series
  –  March 12, 2018
Clark County Parks and Recreation kicks off summer with their annual Jazz in the Park Concert Series, which celebrates its 29th year (Pictured: Bill Frisell, Mindi Abair and JJ Sansaverino). “Jazz in the Park is a cultural institution in this town ...
Jackson Browne Reels in Adam Sandler, T Bone Burnett for ‘Songs from the Cinema’ Bash
  –  March 4, 2018
Sandler appeared in the penultimate position in the show, befitting his superstar Hollywood status, but he was in a precarious position for a non-musician after two hours of performances by musicians as legendary as the guitarist Bill Frisell. He was the ...

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