This is a (non-profit) attempt at cataloging every recording in which Bill Frisell has been involved in any way, in chronological order, according to the years that the recordings were released. On recordings which are collections of various material, or recordings where Frisell does not play on the whole recording, the specified recording date and the personnel refer only to the track(s) on which Frisell appears.  Words in italics are Bill's own, or the words of his producers and / or his fellow musicians, taken from various sources, including correspondence with me. The recording numbers used are most often taken from the spine of the vinyl album, or side of the compact disc or cassette.
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The Bill Frisell Discography
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Did you know that Bill Frisell has appeared as a composer and/or performer on 400+  releases?!
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Bill Frisell Official Site
Bill Frisell on ECM Records
D'Addario Stringmakers Frisell Page
Bill Frisell Links
A Page of my Personal Musical Memories New!
Written in my Dreams: A Bill Frisell Bibliography
Bill Frisell Photos
Pip,Sqeak: Frisell Related Press Kits
Tales From the Far Side:
All the Latest Bill Frisell News
Bill wrote the liner notes for a new
2006 release by
This Discography is dedicated to it's original author, Martin Lane. He did the lions share of work on this website, and is the  proud father of Dylan... Boy Wonder & stellar wife and partner, Cara!
Martin has a wonderful webpage full of Bill Frisell transcriptions

Since 1999 Bryan Aaker has been it's humble guardian and  author.
Thanks to all who have contributed to it's content. Please communicate any additions...corrections!
"Ry Cooder once said - and it really rang true to me- that you should go into every musical situation like you're a student" GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

"However weird a melody may sound, I'm actually hearing it - not generating it from some intellectual process. If you can hear a major scale in your head, you can quickly begain to hear all the chromatic dissonant notes in between."

"When I was 16, 17, I was listening to a lot of surfing music, a lot of English rock. Then I saw Wes Montgomery and somehow that kind of turned me around and fitted it all together. Jim Hall made a big impression on me and I took some lessons with him. I suppose I play the kind of harmonic things Jim Hall would play but with a sound that comes from Jimi Hendrix."   WIRE MAGAZINE

"I'm basically a pretty shy person and I don't dance or get into fights. But there are all these things inside me that get out when I perform. It's like a real world when I play, where I can do all the things that I can't do in real life." VILLAGE VOICE

Bill has a  book of sheet music
Bill's Top Ten Desert Island Choices
Released August 9, 2005
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Photo by Daniel Sheehan
Want  to Know more about Bill's Musical Mates? Click Here
Bryan visits with Bill between sets May 2003
Frisell & Brunning Duet on Guitar Harvest Vol. 1
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27 Guitarists on 2 CD's!
More info
here or at 2003
Wanna See Some CD Covers?
Bill appears in the March 8, 2004 issue of TIME
A Little Dog Production
Thanks For Visiting
Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He discovered the guitar through the omnipresence of pop music on the radio. Soon, a passion grew for Chicago Blues, fed by the likes of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy, which in turn led to an affinity for jazz and the music of Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. Frisell studied at the University of Northern Colorado before enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. In 1978, he lived and composed in Belgium, then went to New York spending the next ten years with some of the most creative people of the Downtown Scene. Frisell moved to Seattle in 1989 where he is still at home. His expressive virtuosity led to him being much in demand as a guitarist and musician. He has  worked with artists as diverse as Ginger Baker, Gavin Bryars, Don Byron, Ron Carter, Elvis Costello, Bono, Jerry Douglas, Marianne Faithfull, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Paul Motian, David Sylvian, Hal Wilner and John Zorn, to name but a few. His recordings of the past decades span a wide area of musical influences. His vast back catalogue also including 15 recordings for Nonesuch was lauded by Downbeat as being the "best recorded product of the decade“. Frisell wrote original music for numerous movies, among which are "The Million Dollar Hotel“ by Wim Wenders, two movies by Gus Van Sant, “Finding Forrester“ and his remake of “Psycho“, “American Hollow“ by Rory Kennedy, an HBO documentary on an Appalachian family, an educational program on the human genome entitled “The DNA files“ for the radio and two animated movies by Gary Larson („Tales from the far side I & II“). Bill continues to amaze audiences into this new century.
Drawing by Bill Frisell
Michael Wilson has taken some great photos of Bill and Others
Terpstra Design does some of Bill's CD graphics
Claude Utley did one of Bill's CD Covers
Bill's Wife Carole is a WONDERFUL painter
Random and Misc Bill Frisellism's
Bill's been playing a new guitar
Thanks David!
Congratuations To Bill For his 2005 Grammy Win!!!
Category 45
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Bill Frisell
Nonesuch Records
Minneapolis's Walker Art Center's
"Behind The 8 Ball" Interview April 2005

What musical/performing/visual artist(s) turned your world upside down as a teenager?

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis

What's the last (or favorite) book you read?

Bob Dylan's Chronicles Vol. 1

What are you obessing about these days?

I worry alot about the war and the whole way things seem to be heading. What a mess.

What image best epitomizes the Twin Cities for you?

One time I played with my band at the Walker and Chuck Helm (former Walker music programmer) came to meet us at the airport. It was about 4,000 degrees below zero and he was wearing this full-body artic suit thing that made him look like he was from outer space. That was cool.

What is your least favorite sound?

When I'm doing a sound check before a concert and some incredible, loud, sudden feedback comes blasting out of the monitor speakers and destorys half of your brain cells and what little hearing I have left. I also don't like those announcements on airplanes.

What's your favorite recording of all time?

There are too many...but Miles Davis My Funny Valentine, 1964

What was you most charactor-building experience?

Playing in a marching band from when I was 10 years old...having to show up on time, march in a straight line, wear a really uncomfortable uniform, and play music at the same time.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

It might be nice to be a tree in a really cool place, if you didn't get cut down.

Bill looking natty at the 2004 sessions with Vic Chesnutt
Bill is mentioned several times in the new Costello Bio
The Latest Release from Motion/Frisell/Lovano
I Have The Room Above Her
Bill Kubeczko is the Executive Director/ Artist Director at The Cedar in Minneapolis. He's the guy who brings Bill Frisell through my hometown, Minneapolis, the most. He's a great guy and a BIG Frisell fan! Thanks Bill!
Paul Rucker put out a GREAT CD featuring Bill in 2003
Bill provided some  music on the new Jim Woodring DVD release
Here is a great example of what local Northwesterners get to live with. This show didn't even make his official tour calender!
Press Kits , Articles and Reviews
Bill @ 2004 Paul Motion Sessions
Bryan's Review of Bill's show in Mpls. Nov. 5th, 2004
Did you hear Bill in The I WALK THE LINE movie soundtrack?
WNYC Guitar Festival
Live Show can be heard
The Bill Frisell Related
CD of the month

features an 11:44 track by Bill, Kenny & Viktor played live at The Cedar here in Mpls., Mn. Please visit and order your copy today!
Bill has a feature article penned by Danny Barnes in the Winter 2006 issue of The Fretboard Journal. A must read for all Frisell fans.

You can buy a copy

Released September 12, 2006
A January 2006 NYC Guitar Fest Review
Check out this 11 minute video profile of Bill
A Fresh 2006 Concert Review From The Kansas City Star HERE
Recent Updates
Bill's Bio
Courtesy of Songtone & Bill Frisell
In Memory of Jon Egbert...a great guy
Special thanks to any photographer represented on this pages.
2007 Tour Dates
Updated April 11, 2007
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Last Updated February 2008
Frisell Fans...I apologize for the lack of updates to The Bill Frisell Discography. My health has been poor and I find I don't have the stamina it takes to maintain the pages the way they should be maintained. but
Thats the bad news...

The good news is...
help is on the way. The Bill Frisell Discography's original creator, Martin Lane, is assuming the everyday duties of redesigning and updating of the Discography soon. Please keep us bookmarked and look for changes in 2008

Thanks so much,
Bryan Aaker