The Willies

Guitar wiz Frisell, joined by Danny Barnes (banjo, guitar) and Keith Lowe (bass), has tracked eight original songs and seven traditional tunes here, bending a few genres to suit his typically visionar

Guitar wiz Frisell, joined by Danny Barnes (banjo, guitar) and Keith Lowe (bass), has tracked eight original songs and seven traditional tunes here, bending a few genres to suit his typically visionary purpose in the process. The music has a rootsy feel throughout, yet Frisell's approach is very much a product of his jazz head. Of course, it can be argued that jazz is essentially roots music in itself. His take on the A.P. Carter classic "Single Girl, Married Girl," for instance, retains not only the feel of the original but the sentiment as well, though the interpretation is intriguingly oblique. The trio's approach to Hudie Ledbetter's "Goodnight Irene," on the other hand, is really just fine pickin'—an exercise in a timeless artistry. The Willies is essentially beautifully crafted music performed by a cosmic string trio.—PVV