There is something neat and tidy about this likeable trio set from the great American guitarist. You get a feeling of contentment from its masterly if undemanding distillation of jazz past and present. Bill Frisell sounds thoroughly at ease with himself.
New versions, covers and first time outings are the order of the day with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston providing sterling work with him travelling from Boubacar Traoré’s 'Baba Drame' on to the gently insistent 'Valentine' and beyond.
You get a swinging buoyancy in unexpected places throughout as the album darts in and out of the present and mythic past, with Billy Strayhorn’s 'A Flower is a Lovesome Thing' the foremost nod to the classic although the fingerprints of Thelonious Monk are also all over the album in its quirkier moments. Above all it is Frisell's unique sound that leads the way, a modest master who turns up the quiet yet again with a trio formula that seems built to last.
Bill Frisell photo: Blue Note.