Last Call July CD Reviews

Jul 1, 2013

One of the most eclectic guitarists in jazz is back with his associates for another enjoyable journey into music. Big Sur is the new recording from Guitarist Bill Frisell and his band.  Composed by the guitarist at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, California, the new effort presents a kaleidoscope of musical colors listeners have grown accustomed to expect from the veteran guitarist. Frisell is joined by Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello; Jenny Scheinman; violin and Rudy Royston, drums. Nineteen all original songs greet the listener and they tell a story rich in depth and emotion.Bill Frisell is well known for his signature guitar style. His progressive folk approach embraces the use of electronic effects to explore the frontiers of jazz. A prolific recording artist, his recordings have been featured on Last Call for many years. For more information you may visit

Drummer/Percussionist Trilok Gurtu presents a CD of adventuresome originals and covers on Spellbound. Influenced by the music of trumpeter Don Cherry, this listener was pleasantly surprised to hear a cover of a Miles Davis 1970's song "Black Satin" included on the recording. Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf adds immensely to the session, impressively so on "Jack Johnson/Black Satin" and "Universal Mother". For fans of Weather Report, this new recording might satisfy a taste for intelligently performed world music in a jazz context. It is a mesmerizing experience.