Enter Bill Frisell.
Frisell possesses the rarest of qualities for jazz guitarists: the ability to identify himself with just one or two notes. His tone is utterly distinctive: almost acoustic in timbre, yet with a swell characteristic of pedal steel. But perhaps his most important quality is a certain sense of humor and playfulness that he brings to his compositions and playing.
Frisell has recorded a long string of solo LPs throughout the '80s and collaborated throughout the '90s with a long list of artists, most notably Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Marianne Faithfull, and John Zorn. As for tonight's show, Frisell will be working with the equally eclectic violinist Jenny Scheinman and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.