Film Review: Bill Frisell, A Portrait

It is hard to separate my review of this movie from my relationship with Bill Frisell. I first saw him play when I went to see Percy Jones’ Stone Tiger at the Bitter End in NYC. I loved Jones’ unique bass work with Brand X and was curious to see what he was up to. The great Dougie Bowne (Lounge Lizards, Iggy Pop) was on drums. The guitarist was some guy with an early Roland GR-300 synth guitar whose playing, both on synth and standard guitar, was like nothing I had ever heard. Alternately lyrical and jagged, his Thelonious Monk-like flights of invention were like Monk only in that they were completely personal and otherworldly. Not since seeing Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck in the Sixties had I witnessed someone who seemed to totally reinvent the instrument in their own image.

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Happy New Year From Guitar Moderne

With readers all around the world, some of you have rung in the new year all ready and some are getting ready to do so. I would just like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have helped make Guitar Moderne such a great success.

In the coming year hope to bring you more interviews with artists who are pushing the instrument forward, more reviews of gear to help you make music, more cool reader’s rigs, and more advertisers whose products interest and excite you. Please let me know what you would like to see here.

Here is a video concert of the guitarist who helped encourage my interest in exploring new avenues for the instrument, and ultimately led to the beginning of Guitar Moderne.


One Person’s Ugly Is Another Person’s Awesome

“I’ve been trying to find a way for the terror and the beauty to live together in one song. I know it’s possible.” —Sonny Sharrock

I have that quote in my email signature. Digg felt they had to title this video “Swedish Shredder Finds The Ugliest Sounds A Guitar Can Make.” The jolly Freak Guitarist who posted it called it simply “Harmonics #5 – Mattias Eklundh Guitar Lesson.” Either way these are some great sounds.