Have A Little Faith

by Bill Frisell

(1993) Elektra

Personnel Bill Frisell - guitar, Don Byron - clarinet, bass clarinet, Guy Klucevsek - accordion, Kermit Driscoll - bass, Joey Baron - drums
URL http://www.billfrisell.com
Description Bill Frisell performs covers of songs by Aaron Copeland, Madonna, Charles Ives, John Hiatt, Sonny Rollins, John Phillip Sousa, Bob Dylan, McKinley Morganfield, Edward Heyman, Victor Young, and Stephen Foster.
Posted By John Rich (3189)
Directory Recordings: Jazz
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On 9/2/2004, John Rich (3189) posted:
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For those who aren't familiar with Bill Frisell, he is an amazingly talented guitarist and composer. He is labeled as "jazz," but he does more than play "jazz." He plays music that trenscends genres. I have 12 of Bill's albums and all are VERY different and this album is most definitely different.

"Have A Little Faith" is Bill's cover album for lack of a better term. The way he arranged the music is incredible and the musicians he chose for this outing was perfect. The music on this album is so vast it's hard to some it up in a paragraph, but I'll try. He does the entire "Billy the Kid" suite on this album and I was just floored by his interpretation of this classical piece. I'm not going to go through all the songs, but I will say that with repeated listenings (of course because it's Bill Frisell) that this album is one of his best albums to date.

As far as guitar players are concerned, he's probably one of the best I have heard. His playing is characterized by volume swells, dissonance, harp-like harmonics, beautifully constructed lead melodies, and odd chord voicings. I rank Frisell right up there with Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. He is definitely in the same ranks as those guys, but for some reason his playing has a certain haunting or dark quality that makes me always want to investigate further.

Without a doubt in my mind, this album is brilliantly done. My hats are off to Mr. Frisell!