Bill Frisell: Up & Down The Mississippi @ Lincoln Center Appel Room Friday & Saturday

Remember how much fun Bill Frisell had bouncing through Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied” back on Have a Little Faith? Swag-a-licious. This show is subtitled “Traveling Highway 61,” so you can assume his spin on blues and gospel foster a similar feel when his wily squad puts them through its collective kaleidoscope. Pianist Craig Taborn, saxophonist Greg Osby and drummer Rudy Royston read like a dream team for these kind of roots hijinks. Each has a way with the blues, and to a man they usually don’t stop until their repertory romps reveal something unique about the piece at hand. The songbook isn’t finalized, but from “Up A Lazy River” to “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” Frisell should give ‘em plenty to play with.

Village VOICE

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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