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December 9, 2011

Bill Frisell Covers John Lennon

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s death paid tribute to his life and musical contributions, I found myself listening to the latest album from guitarist Bill Frisell titled All We Are Saying. The album covers 16 songs from the Lennon songbook including Beatles favorites and beyond.

Bill’s playing throughout this recording is superb as he keeps most of the tunes in an almost exact song form as the familiar originals and works in his patented swirling sonic textures and lyrical improvisational magic around each of these classic melodies. High praise must also be given to Bill’s outstanding band consisting of Jenny Scheinman (violin), Greg Liesz (guitars), Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). This is an easy album to love. – JV

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