Bill Frisell, beautiful dreamer : the guitarist who changed the sound of American music /

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Faber & Faber,, London, United Kingdom, p.viii, 548 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00799191, (OCoLC)fst00949233, African American guitarists., Biographies., Biography., États-Unis, fast, Guitaristes, Guitarists, Guitarists., Jazz musicians, Musiciens de jazz, United States


Includes bibliographical references and index."The definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Frisell. Featuring exclusive listening sessions with: Paul Simon; Justin Vernon of Bon Iver; Gus Van Sant; Rhiannon Giddens; The Bad Plus; Gavin Bryars; Van Dyke Parks; Sam Amidon; Hal Willner; Jim Woodring; Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill. Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today. Growing up playing clarinet in orchestras and marching bands, Frisell has progressed through a remarkable range of musical personas - from devotee of jazz master Jim Hall to 'house guitarist' of estimable German label ECM, from edgy New York downtown experimentalist to plaintive country and bluegrass picker. He has been a pioneering bandleader and collaborator, a prolific composer and arranger and a celebrated Grammy Award winner. A quietly revolutionary guitar hero who has synthesised many disparate musical elements into one compellingly singular sound, Frisell connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Gus Van Sant, Marianne Faithfull and Justin Vernon, many of whom feature in this book. Through unprecedented access to the guitarist and interviews with his close family, friends and associates, Philip Watson tells Frisell's story for the first time" --The searcher -- Billy the kid -- Once upon a time in the west -- A portrait of the guitarist as a young man -- Raised by deer -- Is that you? -- Trioism -- The rambler -- Hal Willner listens to Lookout for Hope -- Once upon a time in the East Village -- Song of myself -- Have a little faith -- The Bad Plus listens to Where in the World? -- Change gonna come -- Justin Vernon listens to This Land -- The sounds I saw -- Jim Woddring listens to With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones -- Roots -- Sam Amidon listens to Good Dog, Happy Man -- Frislandia -- Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill listen to The Willies -- Like dreamers do -- Across the universe -- Paul Simon listens to The Intercontinentals -- Six hundred and eight -- Gavin Bryars listens to History, Mystery -- History, mystery -- The composer -- Van Dyke Park listens to Big Sur -- The quiet American -- Gus Van Sant listens to When You Wish Upon a Star -- Music is -- Rhiannon Giddens listens to HARMONY -- Becoming Bill Frisell.