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Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017)




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A character portrait of 'musicians' musician and anti-archetypal guitar hero, Bill Frisell. This film traces the development of Frisell's music and provides rare insight into the shaping of one of the significant musicians of recent decades. Full of live music and following various projects from development to fruition, the film features a variety of collaborators, including Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Hal Willner, Joey Baron, Jason Moran, Nels Cline, Mike Gibbs, Jack DeJohnette, John Zorn, John Abercrombie, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Jim Woodring, Greg Cohen, Tony Scherr and others.


Critic Reviews for Bill Frisell, A Portrait

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

A feel-good treat for Frisell's legion of fans.

December 21, 2017 | Full Review…

"A Portrait" may not make Frisell's biography fascinating, but it does give the proper due to a guitarist whose music flows like water into any handy vessel.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Much applause to Franz for recognizing that and emphasizing above all else what Frisell will be remembered for: that sound, those songs, those bands, that habit of listening.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie is at its liveliest when it depicts Mr. Frisell making his distinctive sound with a variety of colleagues. And, fortunately, Ms. Franz includes a lot of such footage.

December 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Bill Frisell: A Portrait presents an exceptionally talented artist who is able to pursue whatever direction his genius takes him.

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Emma Franz's new documentary Bill Frisell: A Portrait shows a self-deprecating master whose hands seem to float while shaping sonic lines and fields that always surprise with their weird clarity.

June 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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