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Master Guitarist Bill Frisell Signs With Savoy Jazz & Assembles Trio For Label Debut ‘Beautiful Dreamers’

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 2, 2010 — Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has signed with Savoy Jazz and is preparing for the release of “Beautiful Dreamers”-- a stunning recording consisting of original compositions and striking reinterpretations performed along with the unique talents of Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, “Beautiful Dreamers” captures the musical magic that’s inhabited the performances of this particular ensemble since they first played live together as a trio in 2008. Frisell, a consummate artist who’s garnered respect and acclaim throughout his long career, considers this to be a particularly special project. “Beautiful Dreamers” will be released on the Savoy Jazz label on August 31st.

Bill Frisell’s artistry is legendary and he’s made an indelible imprint on American music. His passionate, versatile talent transcends genres while pushing musical boundaries. He’s worked comfortably within the realms of jazz, rock, progressive folk, Americana, blues and classical playing with his own hand-picked ensembles or collaborating with stellar musical peers such as Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Brian Eno, Elvis Costello, Ricky Lee Jones, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright III to name a few. With “Beautiful Dreamers,” Bill Frisell has created one of his most personal musical statements working with Kang and Royston who engage him in seamless and stimulating musical dialogue.

Says Frisell: “I’m so fortunate having the chance to play music with Eyvind and Rudy and having an audience willing to go along for the latest adventure. I’m the luckiest guy in the world being surrounded by all these folks who have so much faith and trust in the music, helping me to make my dreams come true. “

Notes Lee Townsend: “We are very pleased to be embarking on the next phase of Bill’s recording career with the Savoy Label Group. Bill and I appreciate their enthusiasm for the breadth of his music and the commitment they have displayed in embracing the plan for the next few records.”

Adds Steve Vining, President of Savoy Jazz: “Bill joining the legendary Savoy Jazz roster is a tremendous vote of confidence for the team here. I can’t think of many musicians who have had the impact on their instrument and music in general that Bill has and we’re honored to be a partner with him for many, many exciting new projects.”

“Beautiful Dreamers” track listing:

• Love Sick
• Winslow Homer
• Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster)
• A Worthy Endeavor (for Cajori)
• It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson)
• Baby Cry
• Benny’s Bugle (Benny Goodman)
• Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans)
• No Time To Cry
• Better Than A Machine
• Goin’ Out Of My Head (Teddy Randazzo/Bobby Weinstein)
• Worried Woman
• Keep On The Sunny Side (A.P. Carter)
• Sweetie
• All We Can Do (For Vic Chestnutt)
• Who Was That Girl?

Bill Frisell is managed by Songline/Tone Field Productions (www.songtone.com)

Savoy Jazz is a unit of the Savoy Label Group. SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia) the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a leading independent company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. SLG is led by Steve Vining.
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