Bill Frisell, A Portrait


Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 8:45 PM
Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 3:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Emma Franz
Producer:Emma Franz
Screenwriter:Emma Franz
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Guitarist, composer, and arranger Bill Frisell is widely acknowledged as a musician’s musician. His style ranges from jazz to folk and Americana and beyond, and there’s seemingly no end to his list of musical co-conspirators. As he’s not one to draw attention to himself, Emma Franz’s portrait of the unassuming master is a welcome opportunity to peek into an eclectic musical mind of genius caliber. Frisell conveys a childlike sense of wonder at his luck in forging a lifelong career in music, and it’s clear through their interviews that his collaborators are also fans. But it’s not all talk in this joyful film, there’s plenty of music. Frantz, herself a singer and composer, brings an artist’s insight to a documentary that’s as much about the music-making as it is about the man himself. Whether jamming with a trio in the studio, or recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Frisell always has that same gleeful smile and incomparable sound.

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