|Electra's Have a Little Faith in Me Press Kit|
|"Speed wizards come, chopsmen go, but Bill Frisell stands out as the most original guitarist to emerge in the last 20 years". Musicain magazine summed up the prolific recording and performing career of Bill Frisell this way, and his new release Have a Little Faith more than confirms the point. In music from Aaron Copeland to Bob Dylan, his imprint is unmistakeable, reinventing these familar compositions into music entirely his own.
Have a Little Faith, Frisell's fourth recording on Electra Nonesuch, pays tribute to many Strains of American music that have formed him as a player, leader, and composer. From Muddy Waters to Madonna, from John Hiatt to John Phlip Sousa, these are tunes that allow Frisell ample opportunity to create idiomatic arrangements and guitar stylizations. Along with his celebrated solo sound, Frisell weaves cohesive interpretations among bandsmen Kermit Driscoll (bass) and Joey Baron (drums), and special guests Don Byron (clarinet) and Guy Klucevsek (accordion).
Widely recognized as a "genius of the guitar" by Guitar Player magazine, Bill Frisell has established himself as a leader, both on recording and on tour around the world. He consistently ranks at the top of the Down Beat magazine critic poll, and his recordings place in the top ten Jazz lists of many major publications. in the U.S. and aboad. Apart from sheer versatility, what makes Frisell so sought-after is his seemingly limitless range and versatility. In addition to his Elektra Nonesuch recordings, he regularly plays with Paul Motion, John Zorn, Naked City, and Don Byron. He has contributed to over 60 recordings, most recently Weird Nightmare, Hal Willner's tribute to Charles Mingus.
Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore, and grew up in Denver, where he played clarinet throughout his childhood. His interest in the guitar came via the radio, listening to Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield, and Buddy Guy. Frisell studied music at the university of Northern Colorado, and went on to attend the Berkee College of Music in Boston. In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belguim where he concentrated on writing music. In 1979, he moved to New York City, where he lived for ten years before moving to his current home base of Seattle. He now tours with his own band and as a guest artist for six to eight months each year.
"I suppose I play the kind of harmonic things Jim Hall would play but with a sound that comes from Jimi Hendrix," says Frisell. Besides Hendrix and Hall, he lists as influences Monk, Ives, and Sonny Rollins. On Have a Little Faith, frisell joins many of these American influences together for the first time, in interpretations that are as revealing of the original as of himself.