Live Download Series

Beginning in November of 2008, Songtone introduced the Bill Frisell Live Download Series. This is a release of select live performance recordings direct from the soundboard. The shows are exclusively available on the Live Downloads page in the lossless FLAC format along with MP3 and AAC files. Each performance download includes image files for the CD label, cover art and tray insert which also print onto the Neato Label format. Some performances may include extra images or video clips depending on the live performance itself. Due to Frisell's diverse groups this is a unique way to access his music which might otherwise never see a CD release. Click below for samples. Enjoy!

"One of the biggest problems facing contemporary jazz musicians is that they often have far more projects on the go than could ever be recorded and released commercially by conventional record labels - even small and relatively responsive indie labels. Special projects abound, or personnel changes for a tour are forced when members of a regular group are unavailable, the plight of the 21st century working musician being how to remain viable and available. Of course, it's not necessarily a problem, because regardless of the reason, it means that today's leader ends up touring in more combinations than could ever be documented through normal channels - and some of these special, one-time/one-tour projects yield tremendous gold - even leading to further collaboration. If only there was a way the pathological fan could hear all of it."

"Fans of sonic guitar sculptor Bill Frisell can rejoice, as the Live Download Series is making available a growing catalog of high quality soundboard recordings of performances by groups that have been documented on commercial albums, like the guitarist's first quartet, with cellist Hank Roberts , bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron; the sextet responsible for one of Frisell's compositional high water marks, This Land (Elektra/Nonesuch, 1994); and his early 21st century trio, with bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. But as thrilling as it is to hear a 1989 performance by Frisell and his quartet, performing music from Rambler (ECM, 1984), Lookout for Hope (ECM, 1988) and Before We Were Born (Elektra/Nonesuch, 1989), it's even more exciting to find the hidden gems - previously unrecorded groups like Frisell's trio with organist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade ; or very limited-run tours like a 2005 performance from London, England's The Barbican, where Frisell, violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Greg Leisz delivered a stunning tribute to The Beatles' John Lennon. " - John Kelman, All About Jazz

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#022 in
the Live Download Series

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

Release Date: September 15, 2017

100% of the profits will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 

 


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#021 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
CALIFORNIA - 04/11/10 - 04/13/10

Release Date: October 1, 2015

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Jason Moran - piano
Kenny Wollesen - drums

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#020 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
AUSTIN, TX - 03/08/15

Release Date: June 2015

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Rudy Royston - drums
Hank Roberts - cello
Eyvind Kang - viola
Jenny Scheinman - violins

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#019 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SANTA MONICA, CA - 01/10/98

Release Date: January 15th, 2014

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Jim Keltner - drums
Viktor Krauss - bass

 


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#018 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
KÖLN, GERMANY 03/27/95

Release Date: October 28, 2013

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Joey Baron - drums
Kermit Driscoll - bass
Ron Miles - cornet
Eyvind Kang - viola

 


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#017 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
PORTLAND, OR 02/25/12

Release Date: November 6th, 2012

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Hank Roberts - cello
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Eyvind Kang - viola

 


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#016 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
FLORENCE, ITALY 02/10/93

Release Date: June 28th, 2012

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Joey Baron - drums
Kermit Driscoll - bass
Don Byron - clarinets
Guy Klucevsek - accordion

 


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#015 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SEATTLE, WA 08/06/11-SET 2

Release Date: November 16th, 2011

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Eyvind Kang - viola
Rudy Royston - drums

 


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#014 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
CHAPEL HILL, NC 03/22/09

Release Date: February 25th, 2011

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Greg Leisz - steel guitars

 


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#013 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
TOKYO, JAPAN 07/21/00

Release Date: November 24th, 2010

Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitar
Tony Scherr - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums

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#012 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SEATTLE, WA 07/16/02

Release Date: September 29th, 2010

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Ron Miles - cornet
Jenny Scheinman - violin
* Jim Woodring - visual animations

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#011 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 03/29/03

Release Date: July 20th, 2010

Bill Frisell -
electric & acoustic guitar
Greg Leisz - pedal steel & dobro
David Piltch - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums

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#010 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
OAKLAND, CA 07/15/89

Release Date: May 8th, 2010

Bill Frisell -
electric guitar
Hank Roberts - cello
Kermit Driscoll - bass
Joey Baron - drums

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#009 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
NEW YORK, NY 10/12/92

Release Date: March 17th, 2010

Bill Frisell - electric guitar
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Don Byron - clarinets
Billy Drewes - alto saxophone
Kermit Driscoll - bass
Joey Baron - drums

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#008 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
NEW YORK, NY 9/26/96

Release Date: January 15th, 2010

Bill Frisell -
electric guitar
Ron Miles - cornet
Eyvind Kang - viola
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Don Byron - clarinets

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#007 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SEATTLE, WA 2/21/06

Release Date: October 28th, 2009

Bill Frisell - guitar
Tony Scherr - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums
Hank Roberts - cello
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Eyvind Kang - viola

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#006 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
BOULDER, CO 11/05/03

Release Date: July 9th, 2009

Bill Frisell - electric & acoustic guitar
Greg Leisz - pedal steel
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Christos Govetas - oud, vocals, bouzouki
Sidiki Camara - percussion, vocals
Vinicius Cantuaria - acoustic guitar, vocals

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#005 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
LONDON, UK 11/15/05

Release Date: xxxxxxxx

Bill Frisell - electric
guitar
Greg Leisz - pedal steel, acoustic guitar
Jenny Scheinman - violin

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#004 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
NEW YORK, NY 5/01/04 - SET 3

Release Date: March 19th, 2009

Bill Frisell - guitar
Brian Blade - drums
Sam Yahel - organ

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#003 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 2/05/05 - SET 2

Release Date: February 7th, 2009

Bill Frisell - guitar
Hank Roberts - cello
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Eyvind Kang - viola

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#002 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 3/16/07

Release Date: January 2, 2009

Bill Frisell - guitar (solo performance)

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#001 in
the Live Download Series

RECORDED LIVE IN
BOCHUM, GERMANY 5/22/04

Release Date: November 25th, 2008

Bill Frisell - guitar
Ron Miles - cornet
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Viktor Krauss - bass
Matt Chamberlain - drums

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PETRA HADEN AND BILL FRISELL

Petra Haden - vocals,
violin
Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitars, loops


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FURTHER
EAST/FURTHER WEST

FURTHER WEST (DISC 1)
Recorded live at Yoshi's, Oakland, CA 5/8-11/04
Bill Frisell – guitar, loops
Viktor Krauss - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums

FURTHER EAST (DISC 2)
Recorded the Village Vanguard, New York City 12/9-12/03
Bill Frisell – electric & acoustic
guitars, loops
Tony Scherr – bass, acoustic guitar
Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion


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BILL
FRISELL, RON CARTER,
PAUL MOTIAN

Recorded February 14-15, 2005, at Avatar Studios,
New York, NY

Bill Frisell - guitar
Ron Carter - bass
Paul Motian - drums


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