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Bill Frisell - The Intercontinentals (2003) Retail CD
The Intercontinentals are guitarist Frisell's latest band, a polyglot crew who bring their own musical vocabularies along for this intimate forum. They end up with a hybrid that frequently has its constituent parts shunted sideways. Some might compare the format to that already used by Ry Cooder, but it's a refreshing new direction for the Seattle-based Bill and a welcome respite from his rustic-Americana obsession of recent years. Frisell is still probing the possibilities of folk forms, but on this occasion his feelers are spreading much further afield. His band features Brazilian guitaristmore… Vinicius Cantuaria, who also shares percussive duties with the Malian Sidiki Camara. Christos Govetas, also living in Seattle but with a Greek-Macedonian parentage, plays oud and bouzouki. The remaining Americans are slide and pedal steel specialist Greg Leisz and violinist Jenny Scheinman. This project was inspired by Frisell's recent live collaborations with Malian guitarists Boubacar Traore and Djelimady Tounkara, with his own stylings taking over their roles in the pan-global dialogue. All the tunes have a Frisellian stamp, with indistinct lines hovering between each contributor's input. Certain territories are sometimes allowed to dominate. There's the slow Malian blues of "Boubacar", the Brazilian pop of "Procissao" and "Perritos" (with Cantuaria crooning), then "The Young Monk" and "Yala", both featuring Govetas. Frisell often uses loops to bridge these tunes, turning the album into a linked experience as it makes its seductive progressions. --Martin Longley
|2||Good Old People|
|8||The Young Monk|
|9||We Are Everywhere|
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