Emma Frantz new music documentary Bill Frisell, A Portrait, is about feelings, exploration of ideas and creative process more than it is actually about music itself.
A witness to the simplicity (and talent) of a gifted guitarist, in which arrogant rocker behavior is denied, Bill Frisell, A Portrait offers selected insights (with the participation of a collection of colleagues and admirers) about the work and the input of Frisell from Hal Willner, Paul Simon, Ron Carter, Bonnie Raitt, Nels Cline, Jim Hall , Jack DeJohnette, Michael Gibbs & Al.
Bill Frisell, A Portrait may take a time for beginners to get into it, as some anecdotes are a bit long, but sweet-like ambient pacing is in part what Frisell is about. A sympathetic character, a gentle genius with sensitive playing.
Frantz, who produced via crowdfunding, gets some exclusive (and exquisite) live musical numbers plus some archival material (the rumbling Naked City act with Zorn, Baron, Patton, Frith, etc) exposing the wide range of collaborations and sounds he can reach if asked gently.
Bill Frisell, A Portrait gets a special engagement at Cinema du Parc, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival until June 7th. Sunday June 2nd, Bill Frisell will introduce the film.