Bill Frisell has a string quartet. Bill Frisell has a small ensemble that makes music inspired by heartland portrait photographer Bill Disfarmer. Bill Frisell has a duo with Greg Leisz that plays Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant tunes. Bill Frisell has gorgeous duet disc with Vinicius Cantuaria. In June Bill Frisell played in bands led by McCoy Tyner and Lee Konitz. Bill Frisell plays cowboy songs on the recent Majestic Silver Strings record. And – drumroll, please – Bill Frisell now has a band that plays John Lennon tunes.
“It’s started with me Greg and Jenny [Scheinman] at a gig in Paris. They asked us to do John Lennon. We did and it was far out. When we continued the tour in Europe, we just kept playing those tunes. The audience didn’t know that we’d be doing it. So we’d play a Lennon tune and we’d go into the next tune and it would be another Lennon again. There was a fun reaction. When we got to London it all seemed even heavier. Some of the melodies are gorgeous, almost orchestral in a way. Then we left it for a few years. Last year at Yoshi’s last year I was supposed to play different music every night, and I did [the Lennon stuff] with Kenny and Tony, and than it was like ‘Hmmm, we should record this.’ No, no one’s ever sung with us – I kinda want to keep it that way. ”
All We Are Saying comes out on September 27. It features Jenny Scheinman (violin), Tony Scherr (bass), Greg Leisz (guitars) and Kenny Wollesen (drums).
Across the Universe
Please Please Me
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
In My Life
# 9 Dream
Give Peace a Chance