William Richard Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. He was also a longtime member of Paul Motian’s groups from the early 1980s until Motian’s death in 2011. Since 2000, Frisell’s eclectic output as a bandleader has emphasized folk, country music, and Americana.
Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Wayne Horvitz, Kermit Driscoll, John Zorn, Naked City
William Richard Frisell
Jazz, jazz fusion, folk jazz, Americana, classical
ECM, Elektra, Nonesuch
United States of America