The Shedd Institute welcomes back one of its favorites, who returns with a new project featuring two artists we've long hoped to see here. Bill Frisell has hit The Shedd over the past several years with 3 very different projects, each of which has been nothing less than stunning. His October 6th appearance with Jack DeJohnette and Jerome Harris will be a phenomenal way to begin the 2006-07 season.
Frisell is, flatly, among the most important musicians alive--a broad vision, an extraordinarily inventive approach, and a penchant for collaboration that has resulted in some of each year's most creative art. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing attention and regard. "Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals. And, like Davis, Frisell loves to have a lot of legroom when he improvises--the space that terrifies others quickens his blood." -- The New Yorker
A collaborator with most major figures in jazz history, Jack De Johnette remains one of jazz music's greatest legends and living practitioners. A longtime ECM artist, his 2001 duo album with Frisell, (recorded live at Earshot) is stunning.
Jerome Harris has won international recognition as one of the more versatile and penetrating stylists of his generation on both guitar and bass guitar. Jerome's first major professional performances were as bass guitarist with Sonny Rollins in 1978; from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins' guitarist, and appears on five of his recordings. Over the past two decades, Jerome has also recorded and/or performed live with such jazz notables as Ray Anderson, Don Byron, Bobby Previte, Oliver Lake, Amina Claudine Myers, Bob Stewart, George Russell, Julius Hemphill, and Bob Moses.