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Guitarist Bill Frisell
August 30, 2018 , 8:00 pm
The great guitarist put a sweet country twang and a gently lilting rhythm into jazz, a music that can be overly frenetic. He has channeled the sounds of Big Sur, rearranged the melodies of John Lennon and Woody Guthrie and taken listeners longingly across the wide Missouri in “Shenandoah.” Frisell, who told The Jewish Week in 2012 that he accompanied a Jewish friend to Hebrew school, even set Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Kaddish” to music.
There’s no telling what he’ll come up with when he plays the Russ and Daughters Café next week as part of a series curated by his longtime collaborator John Zorn. You can bet, though, that there will be some of his signature strain of Americana on the bill. If anyone can find the lyricism in a Lower East Side appetizing shop, it’s Frisell.