Guitarist Bill Frisell's 19th Nonesuch release is a revisiting of an old friendship that stretches back 20 years: as with several previous Frisell projects, it's a partnership with producer Hal Willne

Guitarist Bill Frisell's 19th Nonesuch release is a revisiting of an old friendship that stretches back 20 years: as with several previous Frisell projects, it's a partnership with producer Hal Willner (music supervisor for "Saturday Night Live"). Taking fragments of obscure vinyl records as a launching point, the duo traverses a landscape that passes, in an almost hallucinatory way, through myriad styles that tickle the pair's ears— a Brazilian rhythm here ("Del Close"), the fire of Afrobeat there ("Alias"), with a dash of '70s soul ("Who Was That Girl?"). A special pleasure is the lush yet piquant string arrangements, played by the 858 Strings (such as quasi-minimalist track "D. Sharpe," named after the twosome's mutual drummer friend). It will not come as a surprise to Frisell's legions of fans that this is an utterly gorgeous and captivating disc from haunting opening track "1968" to elegiac closer "Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye."—AT