Haden and Bill Frisell
Petra Haden - vocals, violin
Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitars, loops
engineered by: Tucker Martine mastering by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
mastering by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
and mixed at Trillium Lane Studios
True North RecordsSong List:
“Petra Haden and Bill
If the two names above aren't familiar to most, their collaborative effort released nationwide today will make a perfect introduction to their musical talents. Haden is a fine singer-songwriter-violinist who had some success as a member of the indie-pop trio that dog during the mid- to late-'90s. Her father is the great jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who guitarist Frisell has known through their common jazz background. Frisell's fret work has distinguished itself over the years for its filigreed, textural sound, sensitively blending rock and country with jazz, blues and electronica loops. Because of that, Frisell has been known to work with other venturesome artists, such as Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Marianne Faithfull and U2's Bono. So it's no surprise that he would team up with the like-minded Haden on this excellent duet project.
With production help from Frisell's longtime producer Lee Townsend, the 12 tracks collected here all have a quiet musical intensity, buoyed by Haden's lovely voice and supportive violin playing.
Two original compositions, the instrumentals "The Quiet Room" and "Throughout," have a meditative quality. Much of the album consists of covers, ranging from standards to some surprising contemporary choices. It says something of their combined talents that they can take such near-hoary ol' songs as "Moon River," "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got a Crush on You," and polish them to a sweet and tender glow.
Of the more recent songs, they pay tribute to the late Elliott Smith with the opening "Satellite," followed by a languid take on the Foo Fighters' "Floaty," which emphasizes writer Dave Grohl's strong sense of melody. Two of the better covers are a good-humored "I Don't Want to Grow Up" that gives the Tom Waits song an around-the-campfire quality, and an open-hearted version of Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)."
Haden and Frisell have truly made a gem of an album. - Gary C.W. Chun, starbulletin.com
An arty singer-songwriter album.
And a fine one at that.
"There is a diverse background
and culture immersed in this music that comes to a full boil. After
the influences, background and training take a back seat, what you get
is a simmering stew of music and personality that makes up all of these
beautiful tracks. This is the essence of two people playing off each
"This is a true duet album,
not simply a singer being backed by a stellar accompanist. Petra Haden's
vocals, alone or with some judiciously deployed overdubbed harmonizing,
move with a fluidity that is perfectly mirrored in Bill Frisell's guitar
phrasing and sonorities. Playing covers (with a pair of originals) further
celebrates the common ground they share. All of the songs are linked
by their melodic bearing, whether originally performed by current bands
like Foo Fighters and Coldplay or such contemporary writers as Tom Waits
and Stevie Wonder. They also looked beyond the realm of the rock world
with twentieth century standard bearers George Gershwin and Henry Mancini.
Drawing from jazz, folk, pop, and rock, this album bridges them all,
tossing aside labels with the same gentle confidence that informs the
music." - Amazon.com Editorial