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The High Sign & One Week - Music For The Films Of Buster Keaton / Bill Frisell

Release Date: 02/28/1995 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79351   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bill Frisell
Performer:  Joey BaronBill FrisellKermit Driscoll
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1995, Bill Frisell released an instrumental album composed for Buster Keaton's films High Sign and One Week. The disc acts as the live accompaniment to the silent films, much like seeing them in their original release form. High Sign was the first film Keaton made independently, and portrays a director as a loner looking for work. One Week was his first publicly released film (and one of the top grossing hits of the 1920s), and is about a man who receives a build-it-yourself house from his new bride. Both films include some classic Buster Keaton moments, including a chase through a series of trapdoors and mishaps due to incorrect homebuilding directions. The original soundtrack recording includes Kermit Driscoll on acoustic and electric Read more basses and Joey Baron on percussion. Frisell and his band performed the music to all three films at St. Ann's in Brooklyn, NY, in May of 1993. The warmly recorded albums are adventurous and evocative. Critics described Frisell's inspired episodic work with Keaton's films as "deceptively modest" and "melancholy Americana." These rich narrative accompaniments are essential for students of film music and evangelists of the power of the score to enrich and enlighten visual art. The group also wrote an original score to the Keaton film Go West.

-- JT Griffith, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

The High Sign by Bill Frisell
Performer:  Joey Baron (Drums), Bill Frisell (Guitar), Kermit Driscoll (Double Bass)
One Week by Bill Frisell
Performer:  Joey Baron (Drums), Bill Frisell (Guitar), Kermit Driscoll (Double Bass)

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