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Bill Frisell | Thomas Morgan

Small Town (vinyl)

  • Type LP 12inch
  • Label ECM
  • UPC 0602557544107
  • Catalog number ECMLP 5754410
  • Release date 26 May 2017
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About the album

Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer’s composition “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago,” the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his “Subconscious Lee,” and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme “Goldfinger.”

  • 1
    1
    It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago
     
    11:05
  • 1
    2
    Subconscious Lee
     
    07:31
  • 1
    3
    Song For Andrew No.1
     
    09:35
  • 1
    4
    Wildwood Flower
     
    05:08
  • 2
    1
    Small Town
     
    08:57
  • 2
    2
    What A Party
     
    06:41
  • 2
    3
    Poet – Pearl
     
    12:04
  • 2
    4
    Goldfinger
     
    07:01

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