Recorded & Mixed at Trillium Lane Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA
Bill Frisell appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records
The new self-titled CD from artists extraordinaire Bill Frisell and Petra Haden, is set for release on Sovereign Artists January 11th. Featuring the astonishing vocal harmonies of singer-songwriter-violinist Petra Haden and the critically-acclaimed passionate guitar-playing of Bill Frisell, Petra Haden and Bill Frisell contains twelve tracks an eclectic mix of lushly arranged standards and new songs from artists and composers Elliot Smith, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, George Gershwin, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Henry Mancini just to name a few unlike anything you've heard before.
Bill and Petra first joined forces to record the CD after Bill was captivated by one of Petra's live performances. Bill describes this discovery: I have known and played with Petra's father Charlie since the early 80s so I knew of her for quite awhile, but never had a chance to meet her until she came to play in Seattle at the OK Hotel with Miss Murgatroid a few years ago. This was the first time I'd heard her sing and play and I was completely knocked out. We became big fans of each other, started talking on the phone every so often, hoping that someday we'd get to play together. Eventually we did a gig at the the Knitting Factory in LA and one song ("Single Girl" by the Carter Family) at UCLA for Hal Willner's tribute concert for Harry Smith. Soon after this we got together to record our album.
A stalwart on the music scene, Bill Frisell is celebrated for his singularly original approach to the guitar which blends rock and country with jazz, blues and electronic loops. Over the years he has released numerous solo album to widespread critical acclaim and has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bono, Brian Eno, and Daniel Lanois (just to name a few), as well as scoring a variety of film projects.
The daughter of jazz legend Charlie Haden, Petra Haden grew-up surrounded by music, and as one of triplets constantly sang with her sisters and began playing the violin at age eight. Petra was a member of Los Angeles indie-pop rock group That Dog and has collaborated with artists ranging from Sean Lennon to Victoria Williams to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto.
Petra Haden and Bill Frisell was produced by Lee Townsend and Engineered by Tucker Martine. It was recorded and mixed at Trillium Lane Studios on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City.
Petra Haden and Bill Frisell
By John Kelman (www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=16356)
All Music Guide