Frisell trio to surface in the summer for Blue Note

It's an August release for Valentine new from guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio this summer, their first record together. Bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston join the guitar master for the Blue Note release. 'We Shall Overcome' from the …

Published: 22 Jun 2020. Updated: 13 days.

It's an August release for Valentine new from guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio this summer, their first record together. Bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston join the guitar master for the Blue Note release. 'We Shall Overcome' from the album is streaming. Produced by Lee Townsend full tracks are:

  1. Baba Drame (Boubacar Traore)
  2. Hour Glass (Bill Frisell)
  3. Valentine (Frisell)
  4. Levees (Frisell)
  5. Winter Always Turns To Spring (Frisell)
  6. Keep Your Eyes Open (Frisell)
  7. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
  8. Electricity (Frisell)
  9. Wagon Wheels (Billy Hill/Peter DeRose)
  10. Aunt Mary (Frisell)
  11. What The World Needs Now Is Love (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)
  12. Where Do We Go? (Frisell)
  13. We Shall Overcome (Traditional)

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Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hero Trio

A great blowing record and probably the best chance yet to revel in the sheer exuberance of the colossal alto playing of Rudresh Mahanthappa. This trio setting allows him plenty of room to roam and he is in the company of two fine players in …

Published: 21 Jun 2020. Updated: 14 days.

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A great blowing record and probably the best chance yet to revel in the sheer exuberance of the colossal alto playing of Rudresh Mahanthappa. This trio setting allows him plenty of room to roam and he is in the company of two fine players in François Moutin on acoustic bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They let him do his thing and factor in plenty of supportive touches. But this record is all about the alto. It's also a strong bebop statement but Rudresh manages not to indulge himself too much and just sound retro although there are moments when he does add that extra element of dreamy nostalgia. 'Barbados' is one of the best tracks, the bebop warhorse is set up in a sinuous unusual fashion, you'd be pushed to recognise what the tune will be for a while. Hero trio also includes plenty of staples, 'I Can't Get Started' and 'I'll Remember April' among them, with the quirky inclusion of 'Ring of Fire' providing a little off-piste fun. Highly recommended. One of Whirlwind's best releases in ages.