(via Jimmy Katz)
This contribution from Will Roane marks Tracknife’s first venture outside the realm of reviews. We hope you enjoy it, in light of Mr. Frisell’s 60th birthday.
Bill Frisell is an enigma. A guitarist by trade, Stereophile has called him “the most unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery.” And sure, he plays the guitar. But he plays it like a paradox. In his hands, the trappings and limitations of the instrument seem to cease to exist. His use of a wide range of pedals — distortion, octave shifters, and delay, to name just a few — somehow transform his tone into something alive and organic far beyond what one might expect from an electric instrument.