Jazz guitar great Bill Frisell releases album for storm relief

While Bill Frisell doesn’t quite have the cultural muscle of Bruce Springsteen, he’s still a top-tier jazz guitarist with an international reach. And like Springsteen, who last week released a live album with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Frisell has made a live album available through his website with all proceeds going to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Release Fund.


The prolific Frisell never really found a record label that could keep up with his output. So he’s taken to releasing live recordings on his site. “Hurricane Harvey Relief” is the 22nd in the series, drawing tracks from other releases in his download series. The tracks are pulled from live recordings made between 2003 and 2006, with Frisell leading trio, quartet, quintet and sextet configurations.

Frisell’s stacked fall tour doesn’t include a Houston date, but he’ll be here early next year playing with Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, which includes Houstonian Eric Harland on drums. The show is being put on by Da Camera, though the venue is TBA due to storm damage to the Wortham Theater Center.


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