Bill Frisell w/ Craig Taborn & Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell with Craig Taborn & Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell’s final night of residency marks the Bay Area debut of a brand new trio featuring long-time Frisell collaborator Kenny Wollesen on drums and keyboardist Craig Taborn, who has risen in recent years to become one of the most exciting and acclaimed musicians in jazz. The group had its inception as the core sidemen assembled for alto saxophonist David Binney’s 2006 CD, Out Of Airplanes, a session marked by raucous improvisation and deeply sympathetic group interplay – traits sure to be apparent during this premiere performance. In addition to his widespread work with Frisell, Santa Cruz-raised drummer Wollesen has been a standby for many of the music world’s most eclectic artists including Tom Waits, John Zorn, Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob, Norah Jones, the New Klezmer Trio and David Byrne. Craig Taborn is a bracingly original pianist and keyboardist who revels in constantly changing musical situations. He came up through the bands of saxophone maverick James Carter and has worked widely with Chris Potter’s Underground, Dave Holland’s Prism, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas and Roscoe Mitchell. He won the 2011 DownBeat awards for electric keyboardist, Rising Star pianist and Rising Star organist, and his new ECM Records albums, Chants, features bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
About Bill Frisell
Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from urban thrash and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience.