Blues Dream - Bill Frisell
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Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

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  1. The music gets gorgeously bizarre, but there is always a sleepy dog and a piece of apple pie waiting at night's end.
  2. Blues Dream is both a compendious evocation and synthesis of a range of genres that never sounds merely eclectic... It's one of Frisell's most ambitious productions to date. [#207, p.61]
  3. Blues Dream is one of those rare instrumental records that neither bores or infuriates.
  4. Blues Dream, Frisell's best collection since 1995's breakthrough Nashville, frequently incorporates blues as the base for a strong batch of evocative arrangements...
  5. Frisell’s fondness for putting unusual combinations of instruments together adds to the overall effect, leaving the listener to wonder why no one has ever tried this before. Blues Dream is a lovely release that should satisfy Frisell fans as well as jazz, country, and blues fans looking for a genre bending experience.
  6. With the twangy, kaleidoscopic blend of country blues, downtown jazz and so many other unexpected flavors and sounds on Bill Frisell's latest album, Blues Dream, one can't help but be reminded a little of the updated American folkloric music score in the Coen Brothers' latest film.
  7. With the addition of trumpet, trombone, and alto sax to his quartet sound, however, Frisell is on the job with a jumbo-sized sonic palette. The results, tune by tune, are as eccentric as they are intriguing.
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  1. MichaelA.
    Aug 24, 2001
    This disc is easily one of his best. For reference, other favorites of mine include Look Out For Hope, Is That You? and Nashville.
  2. DanS
    Jan 27, 2004
    Heartbreaking, beautiful. You're driving across Kansas, 3 in the morning, it's still 95 degrees outside, the windows are open, and you know you'll be in Denver by morning. One of the best jazz records in recent memory. Expand
  3. franzk
    Dec 13, 2001
    Of late I've missed the edgy tension and moody atmospherics that Frisell did so well on "Where in the World?"; albums like "Nashville" and "Good Dog Happy Man", while enjoyable, have a tendency to get a little too mellow. "Blues Dream" is a perfect mix of Frisell's gentler side and his more raucous, dissonant sounds. I love it. Expand
  4. JarradP
    Jan 30, 2002
    Finally, I can say I listen to and all types of music, including country. A couple of skippable tracks, but the album as a whole is quite enchanting. Great photography too. Expand
  5. BillW
    Feb 12, 2005
    Bill Frisell is a very talented musician ! 1/3 of the music on this album is great ! However, the other 2/3 of the music is too noncommital. Its atmospheric music. No one takes a solo. I would expect more from him. So, I must give it a 3 which is 1/3 of 10. Expand

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