Live Review, 4/21/2012: Bill Frisell and the Enduring American Spirit

Bill Frisell & Bill Morrison's The Great Flood

Saturday, April 21

Herbst Theatre

One of the most gratifying developments in all American music has been innovative jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's exploration of this country's folk, country, and early blues traditions. Saturday night at the Herbst Theatre, Frisell — in collaboration with collagist filmmaker Bill Morrison — presented The Great Flood, a 90-minute suite of elegiac Americana jazz on the subject of the Mississippi flood of 1927. As with his works inspired by photographer Mike Disfarmer, and his soundtracks for Buster Keaton films, Frisell demonstrated great sensitivity to these images of the long-gone past, honoring them with the full power of one of our great composers and stylists.

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