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Tagreta, Arild Andersen, Bill Frisell, A Molde Concert ECM

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

A track from the wonderful album "A Molde Concert", by Arild Andersen.

It features marvellous playing throughout by Alphonse Mouzon and John Taylor, but the star of the show is Bill Frisell.

The -always- modest Bill Frisell, the gentle stylist, is unrecognizable, almost. He plays heavily distorted guitar, referencing Hendrix and Page. All the time laying down wonderful harmony.

In trying to play the song, I experienced some glitches, electronic and otherwise... :)

It's deceptively simple, all "pop" chords. Thing is, the song moves -gently, but still- in all kinds of directions, like a piece by Bach.

To summarize it: it starts out in C major, then moves to F, by way of Bb (or rather a way to make the initial C-chord dominant) and then moves to Ab (or Fminor if you will) before returning to F. The final F chord sets up the initial C chord as a IV to I pop music sequence.

John Taylor's solo on the album is really exciting, I don't try to mimic it at all, having limited skill. But it's yours and mine to enjoy.

In Bill Frisell's playing you hear the cadences that I tried to describe, from C (tonal center) to F (tonal center) to Fminor, back to F and then forward to C. He plays it really cool and he surely channels his inner Hendrix.

A wonderful document, and, yes, it's been released on CD a few years back.

Oh, there are two other memorable songs on it: KORAL and A Song I Used to Play.

The latter has been recorded on an ECM album that hasn't been released on CD or streaming, MP3 yet: Lifelines.

That CD, Lifelines, also contains an amazing song, composed by Arild Andersen, called "Dear Kenny", a tribute to Kenny Wheeler, who plays on the same album. That song is so hauntingly beautiful... if you follow this blog, you will surely hear it one day.

The style is found here: Ballad Style Pack 1

Here you can find the file (mgu file) for the tune. Remember, the file wants to play a Jazzstylezz style. If you don't have styles from Jazzstylezz, you can use another style that you like.


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