Album Review

Frisell, Bill – “Ghost Town ” – [Nonesuch]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2005   CD, Jazz

Frisell’s guitar work is always intricate and
delicate, here it’s all him (with loops, bass
and banjo) populating a Ghost Town that makes
Casper look like whatever was inside Linda
Blair back in the 70’s. Soothing w/o being
sonorous…adept w/o distracting pyrotechnics
…dissonance w/o disturbance…Really quite
a masterful display, the ghosty guitarwork
inhabits various bodies, styles & odd covers.
Banjo blesses this Town with a dry creaky air.
Blues blowbacks on 6 and 12. Volume sustain
vignettes 4, 10 and 16 recall the haunting of
Zorn’s New Trads in East Asian Bar Bands!
Summon the polite polterguiater.

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