Continuing this week’s string of birthday observances that began with Quincy Jones and Charles Lloyd, we turn to Bill Frisell. The guitarist was born on this date in 1951. Frisell’s stylistic versatility allows him to operate with ease and authenticity in genres from folk to free jazz. One might not expect Frisell and the pianist Chick Corea to be natural collaborators, and in the first moments of their duet on “It Could Happen To You,” they themselves may not be convinced. But two superb improvisers work it out nicely.
Happy 65th birthday, Bill Frisell.