March 17th, 2013
On March 2 at the Moore Theatre, I photographed Bill Frisell performing the music he composed for the film THE GREAT FLOOD by Bill Morrison, as the film played in the background.
Morrison’s new film is about an event that happened 86 years ago. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States. It inundated 27,000 square miles and displaced more than a million people and caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.
Bill Frisell composed quartet music for the film and performed it accompanied by trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. It is an amazing film with wonderful music. A whole chapter of American history explained by the exodus of African Americans from the devastated states in the south to the City of Chicago in the aftermath of the Great Flood. The film footage captured this is wonderful to see. Like traveling in time to the music of Bill Frisell.
March 6th, 2011
McCoy Tyner brought his Quintet to Jazz Alley with Bill Frisell, Gary Bartz, John Patitucci and Herlin Riley
McCoy Tyner has always expanded his vision of the musical landscape and incorporated new elements, whether from distant continents or diverse musical influences. More recently he has arranged for big bands, employed string arrangements, and even reinterpreted popular music. Today, Tyner has released nearly 80 albums under his name; earned four Grammy’s and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man. Recently Tyner has been touring with Bill Frisell in the Wake of his 2008 recording “Guitars” on which he played with 5 different guitarists: Bill Frisell, Derek Trucks, Bela Fleck, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Marc Ribot, with Tyner’s trio mates, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette.
I have been wanting to see him for years and I was not disappointed to see him at Jazz Alley Friday night for the second set. It was dynamite. Here are some pictures for the set.