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Lookout for Hope Original recording reissued

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The emphasis on this 1987 session is Bill Frisell's broadening range as a composer and his increasing use of strange elisions between materials, adding the darkest clouds to greeting-card-perfect sunny days. "Little Brother Bobby" is a good example, mixing bright, country-simple parts with a dissonant countertheme that suggests a darkened cabaret. Even the very pretty "Lonesome," with its mix of near pedal-steel and acoustic guitar textures, resonates with a strange undercurrent from the reverberant bass. The band is Frisell's working quartet of the time, with cellist Hank Roberts, bassist Kermit Driscoll, and drummer Joey Baron, but the sonic resource can suggest a much larger group, the sustained tones and pitch-bending of Frisell and Roberts magnifying the sound. The title tune has Frisell's guitar line soaring over a backdrop of almost orchestral density, thanks largely to Roberts's cello. Driscoll often uses the lower register of his electric bass to add tremendous gravity, and Baron employs highly varied percussion. The only non-Frisell piece is Thelonious Monk's "Hackensack," a playfully bouncing version that makes the most of the unusual instrumentation. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00000DTFH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bill Frisell, for those who don't know, is a guitarist whose music is hard to pin down or categorize. One minute he's playing jazz, then the next he's playing country. You will find his music in your local music store's jazz section and if they don't know who Bill Frisell is, then I don't know if that person deserves to be working in a music store, because Mr. Frisell is one of the most original guitarist of the past 20 years. He got his start playing on ECM records in the mid to late 70s and has since then had a rollercoaster ride of a musical career. Not that this is going to mean anything, but he won a Grammy this year for the album "Unspeakable." His first Grammy award (it's about time the masses and the music buying public take notice). He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and of Berklee College of Music. He even studied with Jim Hall for a little while in the mid-70s. Anyway, Bill Frisell is very unique and NOBODY will ever sound or play like him.

"Lookout For Hope" is one of my favorite Bill Frisell albums. Many of the songs like the title song have alot of dissonance in them, but its the way he uses this dissonance that makes it an enjoyable song to listen to. On this album, he has really found a way of taking a musical phrase that is dissonant and turning it into something accessible. The more I talk about this album, the more I give away all of the naunces that one who appreciates good music will find in this. You're just going to have to pick up this album and soak in the sonic tapestry that Bill and Co. weave.


Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitar, loops

Kermit Driscoll - bass

Joey Baron - drums

Hank Roberts - cello
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I am listening to this right now on my mp3 player and it has graced my stereo at home for some weeks since I bought it in its new incarnation with cardboard sleeve. I don't think I can add much to what has been written in the past about Mr Frisell but I can say that of his albumns I have heard, this is currently my favourite. I really only started to take a serious interest from "Gone / Train" onwards although I was introduced to him years before. This is an ecouraging start to exploring his back catalogue! When I first put it on, I was scared that this was another bombastic jazz-rock fusion recording from the 70s/80s. However the title track is actually quite melodious despite the noise and overall the music does what music should, communicate and with Mr Frisell's inimitable style and taste. In fact I think the raw energy of this albumn has much to offer that his later recordings have to some extent refined away. There is also plenty of variety to keep you interested. Perhaps more so than in some other albums. Well worth your attention!
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