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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