Editors’ Notes Bill Frisell is one of modern music's most identifiable electric guitarists. His atmospheric sound has graced works by Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, John Zorn, Rickie Lee Jones, and Vic Chesnutt, and he's established his own extensive solo career. For Big Sur, he collects 19 pieces from a work commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival; they feature him alongside Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola, Hank Roberts on cello, and Rudy Royston on drums. The album emphasizes the calm, pastoral nature of the coastal lands, along with a subtle sense of humor. "We All Love Neil Young" features Kang as Young's voice and Frisell as his guitar. "Going to California" adds the sense of drama one feels upon approaching Big Sur's intimidating beauty. Royston's drums take the lead, as they do on much of the record, enforcing the musical boundaries before the players try to wander off. "The Big One" quotes surf rock, while "Hawks" touches on Celtic folk. Taken all together, it's a wondrous trip and an instrumental album that's both beautiful and easily accessible.

SONG
The Music of Glen Deven Ranch
1
3:45
 
Sing Together Like a Family
2
4:21
 
A Good Spot
3
0:52
 
Going to California
4
3:16
 
The Big One
5
2:43
 
Somewhere
6
1:31
 
Gather Good Things
7
5:31
 
Cry Alone
8
3:15
 
The Animals
9
1:39
 
Highway 1
10
4:51
 
A Beautiful View
11
4:04
 
Hawks
12
4:39
 
We All Love Neil Young
13
1:37
 
Big Sur
14
3:05
 
On the Lookout
15
2:01
 
Shacked Up
16
4:11
 
Walking Stick (for Jim Cox)
17
4:10
 
Song for Lana Weeks
18
4:13
 
Far Away
19
4:35
 

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