The Bill Frisell Discography 2003
Bill Frisell/Marc Ribot/Tim Sparks
Masada Guitars
Tazidik # TZ 7171
Produced by John Zorn
Recorded by Tucker Martine

Track List

1. Abidan 2. Kodashim 3. Hadasha 4. Bikkurim 5. Ravayah 6. Kivah 7. Katzatz
8. Kanah 9. Kedem 10. Kisofim 11. Sippur 12. Sansanah 13. Elilah
14. Galgalim 15. Kochot 16. Tzalim 17. Kedushah 18. Shevet 19. Elilah
20. Avelut 21. Moshav

In 1993 John Zorn began composing and performing his 208 tunes that now comprise what is known as the Masada songbook. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this, his most popular musical project, John Zorn has organized a series of CDs, featuring his most illustrious colleagues performing their own unique arrangements of these classics of modern Jewish music. This first release contains three guitarists whose styles are as varied as the compositions they perform. From the singular brilliance of Marc Ribot, the lush sonorities of Bill Frisell, to the orchestral virtuosity of Tim Sparks, Masada Guitars is a glittering tribute, lovingly executed by three of the most original guitarists in the world.
Laura Veirs
Troubled by the Fire
Bella Union # BELLACDAKA02
Produced by Tucker Martine
Release date: March 4th, 2003

Laura Veirs (vocals,banjo & guitar), Steve Moore (trombone, keys, vox), Tucker Martine (producer and drums), and Eyvind Kang viola

Bill Frisell appears as a guest on three tracks
Kelly Joe Phelps
Slingshot Professionals
Rykodisc # RCD 10633
Produced by Lee Townsend 
Engineeried by Shawn Pierce
Release Date: March 11, 2003

1. Jericho 
2.  Window Grin
3.  Slingshot Professionals
4.  Not So Far To Go
5.  It’s James Now
6.  Waiting For Marty
7.  Knock Louder
8.  Cardboard Box Of Batteries
9.  Circle Wars
10. Rusting Gate

Guest appearances include Bill Frisell (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass), Steve Dawson (weissenborn), Jesse Zubot (fiddle, mandolin), Andrew Downing (bass), Scott Amendola (drums and percussoion), Chris Gestrin (keyboards) and Petra Haden (backing vocals).

Bill Frisell and The Intercontinental Quartet
The Intercontinals
Nonesuch # 79661
Producing by Lee Townsend
Release date April 15, 2003

1. Boubacar 6:13 
2. Good Old People 5:25 
3. For Christos 6:13
4. Baba Drame 5:18 
5. Listen 6:47 
6. Anywhere Road 1:52 
7. Procissão 6:43 
8. The Young Monk 2:23 
9. We Are Everywhere 7:06 
10. Yála 5:47 
11. Perritos 4:33 
12. Magic 5:54 
13. Eli 4:15 
14. Remember 1:36

Bill Frisell: electric and acoustic guitars, loops, bass, Sidiki Camara: calabash, djembe, congas, percussion, vocals.Vinicius Cantuaria: electric and acoustic guitars,vocals, drums, percussion.Christos Govetas: oud, vocals, bouzouki,Greg Leisz: slide guitars, pedal steel guitar.Jenny Scheinman: violin
Various Artists
Pandemic: Music for a World Without Aids

1. Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique - Nwahulwana
2. 1 Giant Leap featuring Whirl Mako Black - Ta Moko
3. 1 Giant Leap featuring Michael Stipe and Asha Bhosle - The Way You Dream
4.Miriam Cutler - Pandemic: Facing AIDS Theme
5. Margaret Boogerer & The Uganda Orphans Choir - Where Shall We Hide
6. Morcheeba - Sao Paulo
7. Gabriela Anders - Obatala
8. Meshell Ndegeocello - Earth
9. 1 Giant Leap featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz - My Culture
10. 1 Giant Leap featuring Speech and Neneh Cherry - Braided Hair
11. Bill Frisell - Dead Ranch
12. Lou Reed - I Wanna Know (The Pit and the Pendulum)
13. Gilberto Gil - One Drop
14. Philip Glass - Thailand Theme from the score Pandemic: Facing AIDS

Petra Haden/Bill Frisell
Petra Haden and Bill Frisell
True North # TND 312
Produced by Lee Townsend
Engineered by Tucker Martine
Recorded at Trillium Lane Studio, Seattle
Released October 27th, 2003

Reissued January 11, 2005 on Sovereign Artists Label (see 2005)

Formerly of the group That Dog, Petra Haden  is a member of the musical Haden family, which includes here renowned bass playing father, Charlie.

Here, she is  collaborating with Bill Frisell interpreting songs such as "Satellite" by Elliot Smith, "Floaty" by Dave Grohl, "Moon River" by Henry Mancini, "Yellow" by Coldplay, "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" by Tom Waits, "I Believe" by Stevie Wonder, "I've Got a Crush on You" by George Gershwin, "When You Wish Upon a Star", "John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man", a Tuvan folk song and originals by both Bill and Petra.
Various Artists
Jazziz # JZD0103
Released January 2003

This is a companion CD to Jazziz magazine's January 2003 issue

Bill Frisell appears on one previously released track from Donald Rubinstein's Rhombus Records release Time Again:

14/Fingers (1:47)
Liner Notes
A Live sample of the band
Check out some of Lauras show posters
Press Kit
Press Kit
Urban Groove
Jazzprint JPVP127CD
Produced by
Released April 2003
Recorded in 2002 at Wells Cathedral School

Bill Frisell does not appear as a performer on this release but is as a composer on track:

10/  Egg Radio ( Bill Frisell arr. Luke Annesley)

Jamie Anderson - tenor ; Luke Annesley - soprano/alto ; Richard Exhall - alto /clarinet; Karen Street - tenor /accordion; Andy Tweed - bari /bass clarinet.
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A May 2003 Interview
Various Artists
Schoner Horen Vol. # 17
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded in
Released April 2003

This is a disc which is released every other month in conjuction with Germany's Der Spiegel Magazine.

Bill Frisell  appears on one previously released track from
The Intercontinentals:

8/Baba Drame (Boubacar Toure) (5:20)

Other artists include Duncan Sheik, The Cartigans, Ben Harper,
and others
Danny Barnes
Dirt on the Angel
Produced by Danny Barnes
Recorded at Garey Shelton Studio  Seattle, WA
Release Date August 12th, 2003.

Musicians: Danny Barnes (guitar, banjo, vocals), Bill Frisell (guitar), Chuck Leavell (piano), Darol Anger (fiddle), Dirk Powell (banjo), Carlton Jackson (drums), Garey Shelton (bass)

Danny Barnes has just completed Dirt on the Angel, his latest and greatest musical offering. The album is a witty travelogue of American roots music that spins elements of bluegrass, old time, jazz, rock, and country. Dirt on the Angel was recorded primarily in Seattle at Garey Shelton’s studio.

Danny will tour America and Europe in support of Dirt on the Angel
Various Artists
Guitar Harvest Vol. 1 (2-CD)
Solid Air # SACD 2042
Released: September 23, 2003

The is a complilation CD of performances recorded during The New York Guitar Festival

Bill Frisell appears one one track with his former teacher Dale Bruning. BILL FRISELL & DALE BRUNING offer one of the clearest examples of the Guitar Harvest theme. Frisell, one of the most distinctive, atmospheric, uncategorizable guitarists in the world, recorded “Seven Come Eleven” with his teacher, Dale Bruning. Their choice of work salutes a common influence, and a musical grandfather to almost any guitarist who’s ever played jazz—Charlie Christian.

27 leading guitarists from the worlds of jazz, rock, folk and classical music. Andy Summers, Ralph Towner, , Vernon Reid, and two dozen other guitar legends offer new or previously unreleased performances

Available  online at and through the Acoustic Music Resource toll free at 1-800-649-4745 or online at:
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Rickie Lee Jones
Evening of my Best Day
V2 Records # 27171-2
Produced by Steve Berlin

Released October 7, 2003

1/ Ugly Man
2/Second Chance
3/ Bitchenostrophy
4/ Little Mysteries
5/ Lap Dog
6/ Tell Somebody (Repeal The Patriot Act)
7/ Sailor Song
8/ Tree On Allenford, A
9/ It Takes You There
10/ Mink Coat At The Bus Stop
11/ Evening Of My Best Day, The
12/ Face In The Crowd, A

Rickie Lee Jones (vocals, acoustic & elctric guitar, bowed dulcimer, sitar, keyboards, percussion); Eric Benet, Syd Straw (vocals); David Kalish (electric guitar, dobro); Bill Frisell (electric guitar); Martin Tillman (cello); Dan Higgins (tenor saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Grant (trumpet); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Neil Larson (piano); Tony Scherr, Mike Elizondo (bass); James Gadson, Kenny Wollesen (drums); Alex Acuna (percussion)
Various Artists
San Francisco Jazz Festival: CD Sampler, Vol. 8
Released  Oct 7, 2003

Bill Frisell appears/composes one track:

7/For Christos (6:12)
Paul Motian
On Broadway, Vol. 2
Released  Sep 2, 2003
This is a
reissue of Paul Motion's 1990 release of the same name.

Paul Motion-Drums, Charlie Haden-Bass, Bill Frisell-Guitar

1/ Good Morning Heartache (Drake/Fisher/Higginbotham) - 4:52
2/ You and the Night and the Music (Dietz/Schwartz) - 5:36
3/ Moonlight Becomes You (Burke/Van Heusen) - 4:42
4/ But Not for Me (Gershwin/Gershwin) - 7:26
5/ Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess (Gershwin/Gershwin) - 4:24
6/ I Got Rhythm (Gershwin/Gershwin) - 5:27
7/ All the Things You Are (Hammerstein/Kern) - 7:04
8/ Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin/Gershwin) - 4:19
9/ It Might as Well Be Spring (Hammerstein/Rodgers) - 5:55
10/ Look to the Rainbow (Harburg/Lane) - 3:16
11/ Body and Soul (Eyton/Green/Heyman/Sour) - 5:45
Marianne Faithfull
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marianne Faithfull 
Release Date:  Oct 21, 2003
Produced by  

Bill Frisell appears on two previously released tracks from Marianne Faithfull's 1987 release
Strange Weather:

8. Strange Weather
9. As Tears Go By

Personnel includes: Marianne Faithfull (vocals); Angelo Badalamenti (arranger, conductor); Bill Frisell, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Barry Reynolds (guitar); Mark Isham (trumpet, electronics); Garth Hudson, William Schimmel (accordion); Fernando Saunders, Don Was (bass); Charlie Watts (drums).Producers include: Mark Miller Mundy, Mark Isham, Hal Willner, Angelo Badalamenti, Don Was.Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.Recorded between 1979 & 1995. Includes liner notes by Dave Thompson.
Various Artists
Nonesuch Records 2003 Sampler
Nonesuch #
Released in 2003

10. Bill Frisell / Boubucar Traore-Baba Drame

Other artists include: Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Caetano Velso, Youssou N'Dour, Emmylou Harris, Others
Caetano Veloso
The Best Of Caetano Veloso
Nonesuch # 78808
Produced by Peter Scherer

Bill Frisell appears on onepreviously released  track from Caetano Velso's 1988 release
O Estrangeiro :

1/ O Estrangeiros. (Veloso) (6:15)

Caetano Veloso (voice), Peter Scherer (keyboards), Arto Lindsay (guitar, vocals), Bill Frisell (guitar), Tony Lewis (drums), Nana Vasconcelos (percussion and voice).
Paul Rucker
History of an Apology
Jackson Street Records # JSR005
Produced by Paul Rucker
Released November 3, 2003
Recorded Nov. 2001-Mar 2003 Purgatory Studio Seattle, Wash.

Seattle based composer/double-bassist Paul Rucker presents eight new compositions featuring 18 of the Northwests finest musicians: Bill Frisell, Julian Priester, Michael White, Hans Teuber, Jay Roulston, Bill Horist, Amy Denio, Jovino Santos Neto, Jeff Hay, Neil Gitkind, Jacques Willis, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, Jeff Busch, Erik Anderson, Isaac Marshall, Farko Dosumov, Flora McGill, Josephine Howell.  Compositions are usually layered sound on top of layered sound with an emphasis on texture.

1. I Never Saw My Parents Dance-Intro       
2. Every Now and Then...       
3. History Of An Apology       
4. Parents Dance - Part One       
5. All the Things I Thought I Didn't Want       
6. Sunday Morning Walk In Jasper Texas       
7. Lost Years       
8. Parents Dance - Part Two       
Photos From the Sessions
Paul Rucker and Bill Frisell
Photo Credit::Erik Anderson

Various Artists
Nonesuch Records Sampler
Nonesuch #
Released in 2003

This is a Promo CD in a cardboard CD sleeve.

Bill Frisell (guitars, composer) appears with The Intercontinentals on two previously released tracks from

5/ Boubacar (6:13)
7/ Baba Drame (5:18)

Various Artists
Feeling The World
Warner Brothers Belgium # 5050466-7532-2-9
Produced by Lee Townsend
Released in 2003

Bill Frisell (guitar, composition) This is a German Nonesuch promotional CD which contains one previously released track from
The Intercontinentals:

4/ Bill Frisell & The Intercontinents - Boubacar (6:13)
Paul Rucker/Hans Tuber
Jackson Street Records 2003 Sampler
Jackson Street Records
Released in 2003

This is a 10 track sampler CD featuring tracks from Jackson Street Records Seattle artists Paul Rucker and Hans Tuber.

Bill Frisell (guitar) appears on a previously released track from Paul Ruckers 2003 release
History of an Apology:

2/ History of an Apology (7:19)

Paul Rucker (bass), Michael White (violin), Bill Frisell (guitar (solo), Bill Horist (guitar, guitar loops), Hans Tuber (saxophones, bass clarinet, flute), Jeff Busch (cuica), Jacques wills (drums)
Michael White and Paul Rucker
Photo Credit: Unknown
Paul Rucker
Photo Credit:G.Southworth
Hans Tuber
Photo Credit: Carrie Wicks
Jackson Street Records Tuskeegee Data Page
Various Artists
Nonesuch At Carnegie
Nonesuch # PRCD 301304
Produced by Lee Townsend
Released in 2003

Bill Frisell (guitar,composition) appears with The Intercontinentals
on one previously released live track:

10/  Baba Drame (5:20)

This is a promotional CD release to introduce the 2003 Live At Carnegie series.

Various Artists
Classic Jazz The Nineties
Time Life # R612-11 [2 CD]
Produced by Lee Townsend

Bill Frisell (guitars) appears on one previously released track from the Nonesuch release
Have A Little Faith:

Disc 2

4/ No Moe (Sonny Rollins) (2:39)

Bill's bandmates on this track include Don Byron (clarinet), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Joey Baron (drums)
Various Artists
The Finest in Female Jazz Vol. 2
Released in 2003

This is a German release

Bill Frisell (guitar) appears on one track:

12/ Bill Frisell & Petra Haden-Moon River
MIX magazine article on the
Various Artists
A Classic Guide to No Man's Land: Pieces and Songs
No Man's Land #  nml 0329 2CD 2003
Produced by
Released on August 1, 2003

CD one : Pieces
1. David Weinstein The Economist (for P. Fox-Penner) 3:30
2. Guy Klucevsek Glow/Hearth 4:42
3. The 13th Tribe Xtinct 10:57
4. Dawn (Leichtmann/ Strobl/ Huber) Shining 4:16
5. Motor Totemist Guild Jump Cut – Theatrical Trailer 6:33
6. Lytle/ Cartwright/ Moss/ Lindsey Oh, it's... 3:57
7. The Lytle/Dresser/Hemingway Trio Bloodsong 4:48
8. Armchair Traveller Sheepsong 4:12

CD Two: Songs
1. Ich schwitze nie o.T. 2:31
2. Ne Zhdali Znatchok 4:20
3. Francois Ribac/ Eva Schwabe Die Dolomiten, A Simple Song 2:50
4. Peter Cusack & Viv Corringham Deep Midnight 5:24
5. David Garland On the Other Side of the Window 6:17
6. Tatsuya Yoshida Sempremorr remix 6:08
7. Non Credo Latex Heart 3:43
8. Leonid Soybelman Znaki Recthi 2:40
9. Anna Homler/ Frank Schulte lunaria 5:36
10. Michael Gross Die Ballade vom zerrissenen Rock 2:33
11. Chris Newman When I Am With Others 2:33
12. Chris Newman Loose Verse 2:45

The German label No Man's Land made it its prerogative to release music that fits in no known category -- including avant-garde. Each album offers a very personal sound universe that often allies experimentation with potentially crowd-pleasing forms, especially the song. With the radicalization of avant-garde music that took place in the late '90s, you suddenly ended up hearing less and less from creative artists like Anna Homler, Non Credo, Ich Schwitze Nie, or the 13th Tribe. A Classic Guide to No Man's Land gathers previously unreleased tracks by these and 15 other artists onto two CDs. Some cuts are unearthed items from the sessions that produced an album released by No Man's Land anytime between 1983 and 2003, while others have been recorded for the project. Highlights are numerous and will depend on who your favorite acts on the label's roaster are. It is a pleasure to hear a new piece by 13th Tribe (taken from the sessions for Ping-Pong Anthropology, the group's sole album) and even more to find "Znatchok," Ne Zhdali's very last recorded song. Its leader, Leonid Soybelman, also contributes a fine solo song. The first disc, subtitled "Pieces," also presents tracks by David Weinstein, Guy Klucevsek (a delicate piano piece), Dawn, the 13th Tribe-related quartet Armchair Traveller, Motor Totemist Guild (the big-band lineup), and two pieces by Michael Lytle. Disc two (the "Songs" disc) also features singers Eva Schwabe, Viv Corringham (a beautiful addendum to her 2001 album Operet), and Anna Homler. No Man's Land's catalog is stretched thin over two decades, but if these are people you grew fond of, then A Classic Guide is like receiving a bunch of postcards from old friends. ~ François Couture, All Music Guide

Album credits include:Tucker Martine  Engineer Arto Lindsay  Voices, Various  Guy Klucevsek  Piano George Cartwright  Saxophone, Bird Calls
Bill Frisell  Guitar (Electric) Wayne Horvitz  MIDI Keyboards David Moss  Voices, Percussion Mark Dresser  Bass