Across The Universe
In My Life
All songs by John Lennon except:
Across the Universe, Revolution, Nowhere Man, Please Please Me,
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, Come Together and Julia - written
by Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Bill Frisell All We Are Saying...
Produced by Lee Townsend
Bill Frisell - guitar Jenny Scheinman - violin Tony Scherr - bass Greg Leisz - guitars Kenny Wollesen - drums
3. Nowhere Man
5. Please Please Me
6. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
7. Hold On
8. In My Life
9. Come Together
12. # 9 Dream
14. Beautiful Boy
16 . Give Peace a Chance
"...this is a glorious hymn to the art of playing together,
of which Lennon would surely approve." - The
Independent / by Nick Coleman
"All We Are Saying... may be Frisell's closest thing to
a rock record but, informed by years of improvisational experimentation‹melodically,
harmonically and texturally‹it's an album that simply
couldn't have been made by anyone else." - All
About Jazz / by John Kelman
Mr. Frisell's album represents a labor of
love .... an unmistakable sound, an identifiable style .... a great
deal of sensitivity and artful restraint .... this music makes
up a substantial part of his DNA.... The album's superior stretch
takes up what would be Side B of the LP with a beautifully lilting "Julia" and a starkly
tender "Woman" ... Some of the band's most soulful playing
comes on "Beautiful Boy" ... And things get powerfully
ethereal on the closing track, "Give Peace a Chance," which
gave the album its title phrase and, one suspects, its implicit agenda.
- Nate Chinen, New York Times
Frisell really gets John Lennon ‹ the heartbreaking tenderness
and pain of the family songs, Lennon's universalist stretch, the
yearning for a better world, and the tough, angry rocker who snarled "Revolution" and
funkily demanded everyone "Come Together". Frisell and
band render their material not through jazz improv but with warm
and loosely intertwining string textures that swarm and tumble, moving
deftly through jangly joy, inky fear and slowcore declamation. What
a legacy Lennon left us. How lucky we are to have Frisell to tell
us about it. - Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times
guitarist Bill Frisell applies his golden-hued, rustic-cosmopolitan
vision to the songs of John Lennon on “All We Are Saying,” his
latest postcard from an elusive, idealized America. His band — Jenny
Scheinman on violin, Greg Leisz on guitars, Tony Scherr on bass
and Kenny Wollesen on drums — brings as much sensitivity
to the anthems as the love songs, and no less twang. - Nate Chinen/NY
- Editors Picks - October, 2011 All We Are Saying is a proverbial
rooftop performance; it’s an intelligent, no-frills presentation
of the Lennon catalog, spiked with free-flowing Frisell Americana.
The guitarist and company tour pivotal creative landmarks in Lennon’s
career, from ragtag materialization of the early Beatles (a true-to-sound “Please
Please Me”) to the tumultuous months preceding the band’s
fallout. The liquid pace of Frisell’s sweeping delay pushes
the disc onward, with texture added by Scheinman’s searing
harmonics and Leisz’ dizzying, counter-melodic lap steel.
Frisell ventures further from the straight-ahead as he approaches
Lennon’s solo years (“Number 9 Dreams” and “Woman”).
With a couple of exceptions—“Revolution”
breathes crunchy electrified blues, and “Come Together” seethes
with brusque Scheinman cuts and muddied garage undertones—this
album is fluid and unassuming. For Frisell, it’s a lithe musical
dream sequence, offering plenty of experimental space without straying
too far. - by Hilary Brown/Downbeat
What luxury to be awash in so many Frisell recordings, especially
as he's tapped such rich musical veins of late. In contrast to the
complex intimacies of his recent 858 Quartet release, All We Are
Saying is a love song to one of Frisell's all time heroes, John Lennon.
The quintet play the songs with little adornment, allowing those
unforgettable tunes to ring through. There's an elegiac 'Beautiful
Boy', a swoonful 'Julia' but the album is no exercise in nostalgia.
For Frisell, Lennon is a living artist, his ambiguities and soul
searching, let alone ethical struggles partly reflected in the guitarist's
own constant questing. So 'Revolution'
crackles and sparks, 'Come Together' is decidedly eerie and the darkness
of 'Mother' isn't avoided. But it's the early extraordinary songs,
'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' and a tear jerking 'In My Life'
that stay with you long after the CDs slid back into the sleeve.
- Andy Robson - November 2011/ Jazzwise