Exposé Online banner

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Bigband — Play a Bill Frisell Setlist
(Cuneiform RUNE 400, 2015, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-07-22

Play a Bill Frisell Setlist Cover art

As it turns out, the association between guitarist Bill Frisell and arranger Michael Gibbs goes back many years, to when Frisell entered the Berklee College of Music in 1975 during Gibbs’ residency there — and before that, the guitarist had been aware of Gibbs’ work since seeing him at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival. Over the decades since their time at Berklee, the two have crossed paths and worked together a number of times, but this set caps it all. While he has played with big bands before (including Gibbs’ own Orchestra on Big Music in 1989), this set recorded at the 2013 Uberjazz festival in Hamburg is Frisell’s first recording as the featured soloist with such a large group. The repertoire spans Frisell’s recorded career as of that point, going back to his 1983 debut and culminating with a pair of tunes from his 2013 Big Sur album. In addition to Frisell’s own compositions, we get several other pieces by such writers as Thelonious Monk, Lee Konitz, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Lennon and McCartney, which Frisell has previously recorded. Gibbs threw in one outside piece with an arrangement of Gil Evans’ “Las Vegas Tango,” which gets a wonderful treatment. While the guitar may be a frequent focal point, many other players get moments to shine as well, be they saxophone, trumpet, or trombone. Any way you look at it, this Set List is a welcome opportunity to hear one of the distinctive voices in jazz guitar in a setting we rarely hear him in, backed by a superb crew of musicians playing tasty arrangements.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Bill Frisell, Michael Gibbs

More info
http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/play-a-bill-frisell-set-list

Latest news

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Progres 2 - Dialog S Vesmírem – This is a solid 76 minute live set from one of the better Eastern European prog bands. Progres 2 recorded several albums in the late 70s/early 80s featuring a rather dark and aggressive symphonic...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues