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Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Bill Frisell expanded his working trio to a sextet for this 1992 recording, adding Don Byron on clarinet and bass clarinet, Billy Drewes on alto saxophone, and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone to his rhythm team of bassist Kermi... more »
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Bill Frisell expanded his working trio to a sextet for this 1992 recording, adding Don Byron on clarinet and bass clarinet, Billy Drewes on alto saxophone, and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone to his rhythm team of bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron. The added voices lend greater depth to the guitarist's compositions and a range of new dimensions, from touches of New Orleans counterpoint to military and church bands, including the hymnlike solemnity of "Jimmy Carter (part 1)." The richer textures add fuel to Frisell's guitar solos, too, with his playing taking on a preaching blues quality against the horn voicings on "Strange Meeting" and "Monica Jane." That Byron, Drewes, and Fowlkes are all talented soloists shows up especially on the jerkily fragmented, revisionist bop of "Reactor" and the moody, Mingus-like blues of "Julius Hemphill," its slow tempo powerfully articulated by Driscoll and Byron. While many of the tunes will be familiar from earlier Frisell recordings, this is one of his most powerful statements. --Stuart Broomer
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A mixed bag
Stephen | 10/02/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are familiar with Bill Frisell's work, you will know what I mean by "mixed bag". This album has Frisell's signature 'jazz with a slight country twang' tone, plus everything from latin to rag to rock to free improv. The ensemble is fantastic, based around Frisell's regular trio of the time, Joey Baron on drums and Kermit Driscoll on bass. He augments this with clarinettist Don Byron, alto saxophonist Billy Drewes and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes. All in all an excellent work, highlights including Frisell standards "Rag", "Amarillo Barbados" and "Resistor"."
Perfect album. Betters with each listening.
Stephen | 01/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always been a fan of Frisell, from his Naked City days and work with Paul Motian. After the shock of his previous "Have a little faith" album, where he does covers of music by people as varied as Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Douglas Copeland, this CD of originals stroke me as fair on first listen. It has since grown on me to be one of my all time favorite records. The quiet intensity of this music that mixes flavors of blues, bluegrass, country and jazz into a strong creative improvisational framework is simply one of the most gripping experiences I ever felt."
Both playful and tightly wound
Stephen | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 08/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This set is quite playful, show Frisell's love of oddball cartoons. I've never been sure but I asume the title "Unscentific Americans" refers to the work of Roz Chast. many tunes are quite playful in a strange way, but there is often a tension in this music that seems like its going to just burst out but never does. Checkout Frisell's solos on Is it Sweet? and Jimmy Carter pt 2 for examples. An interesting album that's not quite as "easy" as his more recent work."