Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bill Frisell Guitar In The Space Age! Okeh 2014

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"May you never hear surf music again."...Jimi Hendrix.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Hendrix wasn't far from wrong as surf music was a genre of sorts that was primarily limited to the left coast with pioneers such as Link Wray and Duane Eddy leading the way. Guitar In The Space Age! is a somewhat personal account of music that shaped the formative years of one of the most eccentric yet versatile guitarists of our time. Not a handful of memorable covers but a harmonic reinvention of the myriad of possibilities that are often hidden within the simplest of melodies.
Artists featured include Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Merle Travis, The Kinks and The Beach Boys with only two originals. Sometimes less is more. Negatives may be that outside a specific demographic the appeal and attention this release can garner could be limited at best. The over riding pro would be this is Bill Frisell doing Bill Frisell not Duane Eddy. Originality has always been the Frisell calling card and Guitar In The Space Age Is No Exception.
A different type of release for Frisell and different is not bad, just different.
I've seen 3 and 4 star reviews across the board, I'll go 3.5
listen  1. Pipeline          
listen  2. Turn, Turn, Turn          
listen  3. Messin' with the Kid          
listen  4. Surfer Girl          
listen  5. Rumble          
listen  6. The Shortest Day            
listen  7. Rebel Rouser            
listen  8. Baja           
listen  9. Cannonball Rag            
listen10. Tired of Waiting for You            
listen11. Reflections from the Moon          
listen12. Bryant's Boogie          
listen13. Lift Off            
listen14. Telstar