Bill Frisell, A Portrait


Face the Music | 2017 | 114 minutes

Stranger Says:

The copious praise heaped upon Bill Frisell by a plethora of jazz greats in Emma Franz’s engrossing documentary on the local guitarist/composer may seem excessive, but she proves that it’s all justified. Her subject’s speaking voice mirrors his playing: soft, eminently thoughtful, diligently questing, perpetually exuding a sense of wonder. Revered for his ability to perform with almost any musician in almost any context, Frisell has recorded with everyone from that bastion of Euro-jazz quietude, ECM Records, to Naked City’s extreme noise-jazz unit and dozens of points in between. His tone—pensive, pellucid, spangly—pervades this film, canonizing the exquisite language of his dexterous fingers.


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Film Credits
Emma Franz
Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Mike Gibbs, Jason Moran, Jim Woodring, Joey Baron, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, John Zorn
SIFF 2017