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Before We Were Born / Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell
Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 60843  
Composer:  Bill Frisell
Performer:  Billy DrewesHank RobertsArto LindsayBill Frisell,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bill Frisell has been one of the most unique jazz-based guitarists of the 1980s and '90s, a very eclectic player who can switch styles and sounds on a moment's notice, yet is always quite distinctive. On this atmospheric and picturesque set, Frisell uses his regular quartet of the time (cellist Hank Roberts, bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron) on some selections, but also interacts with fellow guitarist Arto Lindsay, keyboardist Peter Scherer and, on "Some Song and Dance," baritonist Doug Wieselman and both Julius Hemphill and Billy Drewes on altos. A special highlight is the episodic "Hard Plains Drifter," which has this as a subtitle: "As I take my last breath and the noose grows tight, the incredible Read more events of the past three days flash before my eyes." A very intriguing and colorful set of eccentric music.

-- Scott Yanow, AllMusic.com


Track Listing
1. Before We Were Born
2. Freddy's Step I
3. Love Motel II
4. Pip, Squeak III
5. Goodbye IV
6. Hard Plains Drifter
7. Lone Ranger, The
8. Steady, Girl

Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo); Hank Roberts (vocals, cello); Arto Lindsay (vocals, electric guitar); Julius Hemphill, Billy Drewes (alto saxophone); Doug Wieselman (baritone saxophone); Peter Scherer (keyboards, programming); Kermit Driscoll (electric bass); Joey Baron (drums, percussion); Cyro Baptista (shaker).

Producers: Peter Scherer, Arto Lindsay, Lee Townsend, John Zorn.

Recorded at Skyline Studios, Platinum Island, Creative Audio Recording, Power Station and Sound On Sound, New York, New York in August & September 1988. Read less

Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Bill Frisell
Performer:  Billy Drewes (Alto Saxophone), Hank Roberts (Cello/Voice), Arto Lindsay (Guitar),
Bill Frisell (Guitar), Julius Hemphill (Alto Saxophone), Kermit Driscoll (Electric Bass),
Doug Wieselman (Baritone Saxophone), Peter Scherer (Keyboards), Joey Baron (Drums),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion)

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