Jazz Monday: Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers at Largo
It's not an exaggeration to say no other guitarist sounds like Bill Frisell, which is probably how he stays so busy. As adept with effects-laden ambient experiments as he is bringing a uniquely country-dusted twang into jazz, Frisell hasn't been easy to pin down in a nearly 30-year recording career.
In the last five years Frisell has released seven diverse albums that included a recording with Ron Carter and Paul Motian, a rootsy soundtrack for the indie film "All Hat" and an album inspired by a reclusive Dustbowl portrait photographer called Disfarmer. Now signed to Savoy after a long career with Nonesuch, Frisell's most recent album finds him squarely in his Americana-tinged comfort zone in a trio with violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston.
Mixing Frisell's evocatively rustic originals with Americana classics like "Keep on the Sunny Side" and a vaguely sinister "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine" (aided by a gruff, sawing melody from Kang), "Beautiful Dreamers" (click here to listen) should open up even further in a live setting. Shown above in a brief, appetizer-sized video from a recent performance, you may want to inch maybe a few rows closer at Largo.
Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers plays Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., Monday at 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350.
-- Chris Barton