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Gone Just Like a Train

Bill FrisellAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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 (January 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bill Frisell is a soulful jazz minimalist with a sophisticated sense of harmony, a daring rhythmic approach, and an instantly recognizable, personal sound--part jazz, part rockabilly, part blues, part psychedelia--a remarkable melodist who can transmute single notes into sapphire tears. Yet while his fellow improvisors have pursued more and more complex forms, Frisell seems to be reaching back to the simplest folk forms to animate his post-modernist's view of Americana, and Gone, Just Like a Train is a cultural whistle-stop that conveys his land's epic rhythmic dynamism, regional diversity, and backwaters of mystery and quiet wonder. It's as if the Modern Jazz Quartet interpolated Cream, and together with his remarkable collaborators, bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Jim Keltner, the Bill Frisell Trio successfully plumbs a variety of expressive forms within the raging seas of intellectual complexity that have traditionally defined the domain of modern jazzman. --Chip Stern

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars minimalist jazz October 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While watching the movie "Finding Forester", a so-so film with a great soundtrack, I noticed a skeletal rendition of "Over the Rainbow" that supplied just enough notes to make it recognizable. I immediately recognized it as the work of Bill Frisell.
Culling a musical phrase down to its essence is what makes Frisell's music at once simple yet profound. I agree with the reviewers who comment that this CD grows on you. Frisell plays in a manner that sounds easy, but few guitarists could duplicate his musicianship. His simplicity belies his facility and technical skill. In the same manner, Tiger Woods shows us all what a simple game golf is.
The trio of Frisell, Kraus, and Keltner convey a transparency sustained by their interplay and the skills they each bring to the ensemble. The comparisons with Cream, etc., may seem farfetched given how different this music is from that style, but I understand that comment completely.
I would have given this CD three stars at first listen; then four a few weeks later. I may come back later and give it five.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Finest Work January 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of my favorite CD's. It took a while to grow on me, but I believe that the best and most rewarding albums take a little time to appreciate (the pop albums with the catchy tunes will drop your interest and attention as quick as they got it). I think it's his best album, especially if you're coming from the world of rock. Unlike so many other modern guitarists, this guy can say SO much with so little. Not that he can't let it rip, but he can be so smooth and play with so much soul - just listen to the album title: "Gone ... like a train." It's a great mix of jazz, rock, folk, and blues. There's so much in this album, so much to discover even after having listened to it 50 times. Sometimes it's slow, and sometimes it grooves. I thought parts of this album were sort of cheesy at first, but man, give it a few listens, and you'll see it's not at all, you just have to listen to hear the intricacies and the touch that he gives his music. His sound is really unique and he's got a great band backing him up (especially that bass), and I have to say that there is not a single song on this album that I don't like (and out of the 250 or so albums I have, only about a dozen would fall into that category). His later albums are also good, but they are much more mellow, acoustic, and lean towards folk and country much more so than this one. If you're checking out Bill Frisell for the first time and you are used to rock/alternative type music, go with this album, give it a good several listens, and as it grows on you, you'll see what I'm talking about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mix January 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have never heard of Frisell before I read this CD's Stereophile Magazine review, where it got the prestigious "Record of the Month" award. As my past experience shows, the guys at Stereophile know a thing or two about music, and so I bought this CD. And you know what? they were right.
Offereing a good mix of jazz and blues, much musical variety, and some excellent bass performance, this CD will never let you down. It's also very well recorded, and worth listening to in a good hi fi system.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fresh - Frisell's The Man January 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all, this was my first introduction to Bill Frisell; and the album art had a lot to do with my purchase. It is the perfect visual match for the music it contains. This, more than any other album in my jazz collection, is the one that takes itself the least seriously - (except, perhaps, for Friday Afternoon in the Universe - MMW), and it really shows in the playability of the album. That isn't to say that the music is light-weight - it most certainly is not; you can just tell that Frisell is having a lot of fun playing these songs.
It's light music - although Frisell draws influence from all areas of American musical history, this is definitely a jazz album in the cool tradition. If you're a fan of Miles Davis, or minimalist instrumentation, then you are going to enjoy this album. Frisell doesn't just play a guitar - he speaks through it. And sometimes, saying less says more.
This is the perfect album for headphones-in-bed, late-night walks or early morning coffee on the back porch. It's mellowing music, and imaginative music. It's great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of Americana from beginning to end. July 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The most innovative jazz guitarist for the new century steps back and delivers a cultural landmark that is first and foremost highway driving music. The music evokes the cornfields of Iowa, the rolling hills of Minnesota, and the flat Dakotas. True believers may prefer his more abrasive, avant guard style, but like Pat Metheny, this work can be appreciated by listeners who want to step back from traditional jazz forms. Spare haunting melodies tend to grow after a few plays.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Chameleon June 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Like the amphibians included in the album art, Bill Frisell is something of a chameleon. My first introduction to Frisell was 1998's Good Dog, Happy Man. In my review of that album I accused him of being technically proficient, but perhaps a bit too laid back. So I began working my way backward through his catalog and picked up 1998's Gone, Just Like a Train. It's difficult to believe these two CDs are by the same artist!
This album kicks off with the jazzy "Blues for Los Angeles" with some very arresting guitar work. He uses a similar approach on the ten-minute "Lookout for Hope" and the title track. Otherwise the album settles in to a more relaxed feel, but Frisell's guitar playing shines throughout. Whether it's the folky strains of "Verona," the funky rhythms of "Egg Radio" or the Chet Atkins-style groove he mines on "Girl Asks Boy (Part 2)," Frisell's fluid playing makes for terrific listening. The rhythm section of Viktor Krauss (bass, and Alison's big brother) and Jim Keltner (drums) provide impeccable support just as they did on Good Dog, Happy Man.
If you're looking for a guitarist with great technique, you can't go wrong here. RECOMMENDED
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Published 21 months ago by Daniel G. Schaeffer
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was gone....
...I mean the CD. I bought this a couple of years ago and every now and then I plop it in the cd player to see if I might finally like the music. Read more
Published on December 25, 2010 by D. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleepily satisfying
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Still such singular sonics of significance, if slightly subdued.
Published on August 23, 2010 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Energetic, Reflective, Inventive
Once again we return to the concept of The Power Trio: guitar, bass, and drums getting together to kick a little butt. Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Know What a Trio Can Do....
...until you've heard this. You may know what Clapton did with Jack and Ginger (and it was brilliant) or what Hendrix did with Noel and Mitch (ditto), but this is something else... Read more
Published on October 21, 2006 by Mervyn Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Portrayal of Images Unseen
Gone, Just Like a Train, is an amazing display of Frisell's subtlety and imaginative composition/improvisation. Read more
Published on January 2, 2003 by Chad Robert Siebken
5.0 out of 5 stars So Satisfying on Sundays
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Published on November 23, 2001 by Gordon Smith
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