One of the most prolific record-makers around (some have said too prolific) guitarist Bill Frisell has turned beyond his extended Americana itinerary, although Route 66 is still on the map.

One of the most prolific record-makers around (some have said too prolific) guitarist Bill Frisell has turned beyond his extended Americana itinerary, although Route 66 is still on the map. It's tumbleweeds in Timbuktu as his unique and aptly named new band, the Intercontinentals, debuts with a very worldly disc. Frisell's laconic lyricism winds its way among rhythms and modes redolent of West Africa and South America, the Near East and the Appalachians; all ears, he takes his cues from his bandmates—Sidiki Camara, Vinicius Cantuaria, Christos Govetas, Greg Leisz, and Jenny Scheinman—who play oud, bouzouki, violin, pedal steel, and an array of percussion, as well as vocalize. Although likely filed in jazz, this album is world music in a broad, bewitching sense.—BB

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