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In a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, including 25 albums of his own, guitarist, composer, and bandleader Bill Frisell is now firmly established as a visionary presence in American music. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, filmmakers and legendary musicians. But it is his work as a leader that has garnered increasing attention and accolades. The New ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Frisell Store

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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B00C5WR6JE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's first release on OKeh Records, Big Sur, features all-new music commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival which premiered at their festival in 2012. While staying at the Glen Deven Ranch, Frisell was captivated by the beauty and grandeur of the Big Sur, California coastline which inspired him to write this transcendent new music. He is joined on the recording by the talented musicians of his Big Sur Quintet; Jenny Scheinman (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola), Hank Roberts (cello) and Rudy Royston (drums). Bill Frisell is one of the leading and most innovative guitarists of our time. Although his work is steeped in jazz, his music includes characteristics of rock, country, and bluegrass, among various other styles. Such liberality explains his willingness to expand his tonal palette beyond that of the typical jazz guitarist and he has carved out a niche by virtue of his sound. A Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005, Bill is one of the most singular musicians of his generation and has released over 30 albums since his debut recording in 1983.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
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As the title suggests, this album is a musical tribute to that most stunning part of the California coast. Located two hours south of San Francisco, Big Sur is a fabled place of natural beauty and bohemian inspiration. Before Bill Frisell, the area attracted writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac. In the same vein, all of the music on this album was written at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur. With titles like 'Highway 1,' 'Hawks,' and 'A Beautiful View,' the songs sonically describe the place. Musically, the band plays Americana rock that is infused with Frisell's signature blend of jazz and chamber aesthetics. 'The Big One' even employs surf music. Songs like 'Sing Together Like a Family' and 'We All Love Neil Young' express a tender sense of nostalgia. On "Big Sur," the mood is generally light. Indeed, it's been a long time since Frisell has done anything so upbeat. The Big Sur Quintet is filled with long-time Frisell veterans including Jenny Scheinman (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola), Hank Roberts (cello) and Rudy Royston (drums). Comparatively, this group's musical vision is most similar to sounds found on albums like "All We Are Saying...," "Floratone II," and "Disfarmer." Thus "Big Sur" sits comfortably among Bill Frisell's more accessible projects. Highlights include 'The Music of Glen Deven Ranch,' 'The Big One,' and 'Going to California' which is actually not the Led Zeppelin tune. Filled with originality and nuance, the cerebral performance is strong.Read more ›
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ThereminSong on September 11, 2013
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In response to those who are dumping on this record. Bill Frisell has been a luminary of contemporary music for the last thirty years, and his recorded output spans heavy metal to folk-ish trio to modernist-tinged string quartet music. Anyone who thinks HE is the one "missing something" should sit back a minute and ask themselves how open they are to even hearing the music above the racket of their preconceptions?

For fans of Frisell's music, this kind of "Humble Listening" should not be anything unusual to ask. Naked City? / Before We Were Born? / 858?
Remember that after the Naked City years, "Nashville" seemed pretty avant-garde back in 1997?

Sometimes the guy makes records that are listenable in a Bill Evans kind of way, sometimes he makes records craggy in a Eric Dolphy kind of way, but it is all superbly played. Why not let go and learn to listen more deeply, allow your ears to be bent a bit, and enjoy the process instead of moaning that you did not get what you expected, which would raise the question. "If we all knew what it would sound like before it came out, why bother releasing it?"

Part of why someone like Frisell continues to contribute is that he has not been one for the buy-a-mood schtick of some pop, or the Let's-play-Mario-Bros-yet-again (36251-36251-36251) rote-ness of much "contemporary" jazz music. Maybe, just, maybe, he hears something you do not? Did that occur to you? Even if you don't love it, understand that it is your own laziness, "taste," or limitation that is to blame, not his. (This is not breakfast cereal so that the point is not that you "like" it.)

It is totally fine not to like the music. But don't confuse your liking it for it's quality or intrinsic worth. :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By br3 on November 11, 2013
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You can never be sure what your going to get from one Frisell release to the next. This time out he's back in the Americana vein, and if you like his other Americana releases in the past, you're bound to enjoy this one as well. There isn't much emphasis on individual solos like you can hear on some of his more jazz inspired releases, but rather the band moving from one place to another as a unit. It's beautiful and compelling music, as good as anything Frisell has ever done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Polak on December 4, 2013
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I've been listening to this CD and I love it. I was surprised to read the negative reviews with statements like "This album is simply not my idea of what pure/real jazz is." IT'S NOT JAZZ!!! Who said it was? Great composition and lovely execution. Frisell is a great American composer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl Kunkel on January 29, 2014
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Guitarist Bill Frisell never ceases to surprise. He has a great way of discovering a thread when visiting a place, such as Nashville or the northern California coast, and writing about it, using that thread throughout the album. Here, he draws classical musicians into the mix, so the listener gets a range of sounds. The music was memorable and impressive -- enough for a solid four stars -- but I tend to save the five-star ratings for the truly extraordinary. This album was a little too laidback and drawn out for that rating. But definitely worth adding to the Frisell section on the CD shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Nicolopolis on January 27, 2014
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Bill Frisell just stuns me. I wasn't certain that I was going to love this - meaning: ALL of this project. But, as always, I Love it! He has such supreme, quirky & consistent style. He always chooses superb band mates that share these characteristics. This project just says: America - not just California - the Bill Frisell way. Love him!
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