Format: CD
Release Date: 4/12/2019
Label: ECM Records
Availability: In Stock

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Like their acclaimed ECM release Small Town of 2017 which The Guardian called "wistful and mesmerizing... tonally ingenious and haunting" "Epistrophy" by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City's Village Vanguard. The album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo's beloved Americana songbook ("All in Fun," "Red River Valley," "Save the Last Dance for Me"), as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian ("Mumbo Jumbo"), an artist whom both the guitarist and bassist knew well. Frisell and Morgan communicate the essence of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and the Frank Sinatra hit "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. At the center of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular "Epistrophy" and the ruminative ballad "Pannonica." And as with "Goldfinger" on Small Town, Frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody-rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film "You Only Live Twice."

1. All in Fun
Length: 08:35
2. Wildwood Flower / Save the Last Dance for Me
Length: 09:35
3. Mumbo Jumbo
Length: 08:03
4. You Only Live Twice
Length: 08:10
5. Lush Life
Length: 04:37
6. Epistrophy
Length: 07:26
7. Pannonica
Length: 07:07
8. Red River Valley
Length: 08:09
9. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Length: 06:55
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 68:37
UPC: 602557701562