Frisell Unites 'East/West' On Live Set

Guitarist Bill Frisell captures two trio performances on an upcoming live album, "East/West.

Guitarist Bill Frisell captures two trio performances on an upcoming live album, "East/West." Due Aug. 9 via Nonesuch, the double-disc chronicles a set with drummer Kenny Wolleson and bassist Tony Scherr at New York's Village Vanguard, as well as a show with Wolleson and bassist Viktor Krauss at Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif.

Beyond covers of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," the "West" disc sports such Frisell originals as "Blues for Los Angeles," "Boubacar" and "Pipe Down."

"East" rounds up originals like "Ron Carter" and "The Vanguard" alongside covers of Henry Mancini's "The Days of Wine and Roses," Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene," Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and George and Ira Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now."

Nonesuch is planning to make second sets from both performances available as a special download, but specific details have yet to be confirmed.

The always-busy Frisell has tour dates lined up in various incarnations through early 2006, and will next play the Winnipeg Folk Festival Thursday (July 7) and Friday with violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarist Greg Leisz and banjo player Danny Barnes.

Frisell has also recorded a new album with multi-instrumentalist Petra Haden, due in October via Sovereign Artists. The set features interpretations of the Foo Fighters' "Floaty," Coldplay's "Yellow," Elliott Smith's "Satellite," Stevie Wonder's "I Believe" and Tom Waits' "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," among others.

Of perhaps most interest to fans is Frisell's contribution to Paul Simon's long-in-the-works new album, but no release date has been announced for the Warner Bros. set, which is being produced by Brian Eno.

Here is the track list for "East/West":

Disc one ("West"):
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Blues for Los Angeles"
"Shenandoah"
"Boubacar"
"Pipe Down"
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"

Disc two ("East"):
"My Man's Gone Now"
"The Days of Wine and Roses"
"You Can Run"
"Ron Carter"
"Interlude"
"Goodnight Irene"
"The Vanguard"
"People"
"Crazy"
"Tennessee Flat Top Box"