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Quartet (Bill Frisell album)

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Released  1996
Quartet (1996)  Nashville (1997)
Release date  1996
Label  Nonesuch Records Inc.
Length  61:36
Artist  Bill Frisell
Producer  Lee Townsend
Genres  Soundtrack, Post-bop
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Studio  Möbius Music, San Francisco
Similar  Bill Frisell albums, Other albums

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Quartet is the eighth album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label. It was released in 1996 and features performances by Frisell, Ron Miles, Curtis Fowlkes and Eyvind Kang. Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 12 are from Tales From the Far Side (1994), an animated television special created by Gary Larson. Tracks 3 and 13 are from the Italian film La scuola (1995) directed by Daniele Luchetti. Tracks 4 and 10 were written for the Buster Keaton film Convict 13 (1920).


Tales from the far side


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "This CD uses a rather unusual instrumentation, a quartet composed of Frisell, trumpeter Ron Miles, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and Eyvind Kang, who doubles on violin and tuba. Ten of the 13 Frisell originals on the release were originally written for films (including one for Gary Larson, "Tales from the Far Side," and one for a Buster Keaton movie "Convict 13"), and the resulting music is tightly arranged yet spontaneous, episodic, and sometimes a bit nutty, but also strangely logical. Whether it be the old-timey theme to "Dead Ranch," the blues in "Convict 13," a few somber ballads, or hints at early Duke Ellington (particularly by Miles' wah-wah trumpet), this is a continually interesting, offbeat set."

Track listing

All compositions by Bill Frisell except as indicated.

  1. "Tales From The Far Side" – 6:27
  2. "Twenty Years" – 2:55
  3. "Stand Up, Sit Down" – 5:37
  4. "Convict 13" – 5:36
  5. "In Deep" – 3:10
  6. "Egg Radio" – 4:31
  7. "The Bacon Bunch" – 4:26
  8. "Prelude" (Frisell, Miles) – 1:36
  9. "Bob's Monsters" – 8:44
  10. "The Gallows" – 6:14
  11. "What?" – 3:26
  12. "Dead Ranch" – 4:27
  13. "Coffaro's Theme" – 4:27


  • Bill Frisell – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Ron Miles – trumpet, piccolo trumpet
  • Eyvind Kang – violin, tuba
  • Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
  • Songs

    1Tales From the Far Side6:32
    2Twenty Years2:57
    3Stand Up - Sit Down5:40


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