Posted February 3, 2015 by Tim Stout in Show Reviews

Bill Frisell // 1-30-15 // Aladdin Theater

20150130BillFrisell6It’s always a treat to see a true virtuoso and Portlanders sold out the Aladdin Theater last Friday night to do just that.

Bill Frisell is one of the heavyweights of the guitar today, and while his stylings are unmistakably of the jazz variety, his playing covers ground outside the barriers of simply jazz music, which was certainly on display on this particular evening as he– and his quartet– played a show chock full of pop standards of yesteryear.

Chiefly the material for the concert was plucked directly off of his latest offering, Guitar in the Space Age, an ambitious album which takes classic songs from the 50s and early 60s and re-imagines them in only a way that Frisell can do.

Highlights were plenty, including one cover not found on his latest album, “Bumpin’ on Sunset,” a tune that had much of the seated crowd on the edge of their seats as they waited each twist and turn of the Wes Montgomery groove.

Also worth mentioning was the inspired call and response playing throughout the night of both Frisell and Greg Leisz, who played pedal steel, and complemented the leader of the band in the finest fashion.

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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