17 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitarist Bill Frisell’s All We Are Saying . . . honors John Lennon’s legacy by shedding new light on the singer/songwriter’s oeuvre. (The album draws from Lennon’s solo career as well as his work with The Beatles.) Frisell and his band vary their approach from song to song, giving each piece a distinctive flavor. Violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer Kenny Wollesen are all subtle improvisers who are no strangers to rock and pop, and Greg Leisz’s steel guitar is a perfect complement to Frisell’s folk- and country-tinged playing. “Across the Universe” features fiddle and guitar interpreting the tune with a dreamy delicacy, while “Revolution” manages to make some noise and wear a country vibe with pride. “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” has an easygoing, rural psych feel, and “Love” is rendered as a spare duet for guitar and violin. Strange timbres mark the opening of “Mother,” and the melody’s guitar statement doesn’t shy from tapping into the original’s emotional power. The album includes a bonus track: a lovely acoustic guitar version of “Strawberry Fields.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitarist Bill Frisell’s All We Are Saying . . . honors John Lennon’s legacy by shedding new light on the singer/songwriter’s oeuvre. (The album draws from Lennon’s solo career as well as his work with The Beatles.) Frisell and his band vary their approach from song to song, giving each piece a distinctive flavor. Violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer Kenny Wollesen are all subtle improvisers who are no strangers to rock and pop, and Greg Leisz’s steel guitar is a perfect complement to Frisell’s folk- and country-tinged playing. “Across the Universe” features fiddle and guitar interpreting the tune with a dreamy delicacy, while “Revolution” manages to make some noise and wear a country vibe with pride. “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” has an easygoing, rural psych feel, and “Love” is rendered as a spare duet for guitar and violin. Strange timbres mark the opening of “Mother,” and the melody’s guitar statement doesn’t shy from tapping into the original’s emotional power. The album includes a bonus track: a lovely acoustic guitar version of “Strawberry Fields.”

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