Live In Bochum, Germany - May 22nd, 2004

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Live In Bochum, Germany
May 22nd, 2004

Bill Frisell - guitar
Ron Miles - cornet
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Viktor Krauss - bass
Matt Chamberlain - drums

Series #001


Song List:

01 Lazy Robinson
02 Blues For Los Angeles
03 Lonesome
04 Worse and Worse
05 Ventura
06 Masters of War

total running time: 53:54

All songs written by Bill Frisell except Ventura (Lucinda Williams) and Masters of War (Bob Dylan)

Recorded by Claudia Engelhart at Ruhr Triennale Festival in Bochum, Germany
Frisell Archivist: Martin Lane
Produced by Adam Blomberg

A Songline / Tone Field Production



All About Jazz
January 26, 2011
By John Kelman

The Live Download Series kicks off with a group that's never seen the light of day on record, but consists of a combination of longtime friends and then-new acquaintances, who would go on to become regulars in the ensuing years. 2004 may have been the year of Unspeakable (Nonesuch), Frisell's Grammy Award-winning, turntable and sample-driven collaboration with producer Hal Willner, but there's none of that album's material to be found on this performance with Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Ron Miles, bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Matt Chamberlain.

There's the opportunity to hear an early version of the vamp-driven "Lazy Robinson," which wouldn't appear on a commercial release until 2008's History, Mystery (Nonesuch); and a lengthy version of "Blues for Los Angeles" that, with Miles' recklessly visceral opening solo, transcends the original trio version on 1998's Gone, Just Like a Train (Nonesuch), and also suggests why, with his lazy, behind-the-beat drumming, Frisell would reunite with Chamberlain for 2007's experiment in sonic collage, Floratone (Blue Note), that's due for a second installment, sometime in 2011.

The quintet's version of the folksy "Lonesome" is more buoyant than either the original, acoustic guitar-driven version on Lookout for Hope, or the more electrified take on Gone, Just Like a Train, with Scheinman's solo an early reason why she'd quickly become a regular collaborator. There's also an early appearances of alt-folker Lucinda Williams' lyrical "Ventura," which has never appeared on a commercial Frisell release; ditto Bob Dylan's "Masters of War," which shows up on other Download Series releases. Driven by Chamberlain's firm backbeat, it's a showcase for Frisell's remarkable interpretive ability to take a simple song and, through his quirky, outré harmonies and jagged, distorted tone, turn it into a potent show-stopper and set closer.  - John Kelman - All About Jazz

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