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Generally regarded as one of the most inventive guitarists and composers at work today, Bill Frisell has over 80 recordings to his credit, including 11 as a leader on Nonesuch Records. His broad palette of collaborators includes Ginger Baker, Gavin Bryars, Don Byron, Elvis Costello, Jerry Douglas, Marianne Faithful, Wayne Horvitz, Paul Motion, Hal Wilner and John Zorn, among many others.
Frisell's Nonesuch discography ranges from original Buster Keaton film scores, to covers of songs by Stephen Foster, Bob Dylan, and Madonna (Have a Little Faith), to jazz compositions intended as soundtracks to Gary Larson cartoons (Quartet), to his most recent collaboration with legendary dobro player Jerry Douglas and bassist Viktor Krauss (Nashville).
The commerial success and widespread critical acclaim for Nashville has made 1997 a banner year for Frisell. Profiled in GQ, pictured on the cover of Jazziz and prominently featured in every jazz magazine and nearly every newspaper, Nashville has brought Bill Frisell to a new level of acclaim. This year Frisell made his first-ever national television appearance on "Sessions at West 54th," and The New Yorker called him,"...the most distinctive stylist in contemporary jazz..."
Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore and grew up in Denver, playing clarinet in his high school band and discovering his love for the guitar through his exposure to pop music on the radio. His great enthusiasm for the Chicago blues--particularly the music of B.B. King and Paul butterfield--led to his complex affinity for contemporary American music. Frisell studied at The Universary of Northern Colorado ans at The Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1978, he spent a year composing in Belgium, and then moved to New York City, where he spent the next ten years in fruitful collaboration with some of the most creative talents of the downtown new music scene. In 1989, Frisell moved to Seattle, where he continues to make his home.
Renowned drummer Jim Keltner was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has spent most of his life in Southern California.Keltner started out as a jazz drummer working with Gabor Szabo, Albert Stinson, and with Bobby Hutcherson in John Handy's band. His first rock and roll gig was with Gary Lewis and the Playboys in 1965. Since the early 1970's Keltner has worked extensively with Ry Cooder, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, The Traveling Wilburys and Steely Dan, as well as with many young and developing artists. He was a member of Little Village with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt and Ry Cooder in 1992. In 1994, he produced New Orleans pianist A.J. Croce's album on Private Music.
Bass player Viktor Krauss, an Illinois native, studied music at The University of Illinois. A much sought-after sideman and studio musician, Krauss has played with many of the biggest names in pop and country music, including Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Chet Atkins, and his siter, Grammy winner Alison Krauss. For the last three years he has been Lyle Lovett's exclusive bas player.