BIG EARS

Bill Frisell Trio

Bill Frisell Trio

Sun   Mar   27   2022 - 1:22 PM

If it can be done with an electric guitar, Bill Frisell has probably done it. From jazz and classical to pop and country, the Grammy-winning guitarist has spent four decades roaming far and wide through American music.

His supreme versatility and humble virtuosity carried him from landmark ECM and Paul Motian records through the downtown scene of John Zorn and into the wider pastures of Americana. But there’s one thing he’d never gotten around to doing until 2020: releasing an album by his trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston, even though their rapport was well known and well honed.

“This album is all about Rudy and Thomas and the musical relationship I have with them,” Frisell said to Glide Magazine about Valentine, which was produced by another faithful collaborator, Lee Townsend, and released by Blue Note. With Morgan—whom The New York Times noted as a force on “some of the most intriguing jazz records” of recent years (citing Steve Coleman, Craig Taborn, and Steve Cardenas)—and Royston, who’s drummed with the likes of Dave Douglas and Rudresh Mahanthappa, Frisell plays cunning, questing originals that gain outspoken context from several acutely chosen covers, including “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Thom Jurek at AllMusic called Valentine “a portrait of this trio at a creative peak” and “one of [the] most inquiring, rhythmically inventive, and lyrical” albums of Frisell’s huge discography. All About Jazz said it sounded like the beginning of a great adventure—but isn’t that how every first note by Frisell feels?

BIG EARS
Knoxville, TN · USA

TICKETS DONATE

2022 Festival

Explore the lineup of upcoming Big Ears performances.

Overview

Artifacts Trio

Lineup

Tickets

Archive

Plan

Discover travel, lodging, & dining options to enhance your Festival experience.

Knoxville

Travel

Tennessee Theatre

Things To Do

Knoxville

Hotel Accommodations

Venues

FAQ

Support

Big Ears is made possible by the passion & generosity of our community.

Donate

Donate to Big Ears

Partners

Merchandise

Big Ears Merchandise

Volunteer

About

Learn more about what The New York Times calls “one of the world’s greatest music bashes.”

Who We Are

Big Ears patrons at the KMA

News

Press

Contact