BILL FRISELL & THOMAS MOR­GAN

Small Town ECM

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

This live duo record­ing, made at the Vil­lage Van­guard in March last year, be­gins with a mys­te­ri­ous, at­ten­u­ated ver­sion of Paul Mo­tian’s sem­i­nal com­po­si­tion, It Should’ve Hap­pened a Long Time Ago. Gui­tarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Mor­gan played on the great drum­mer’s last record­ing in 2011, and Mo­tian’s spirit is a pal­pa­ble pres­ence through­out. Also present at the record­ing was sax­o­phon­ist Lee Konitz, whose clas­sic Sub­con­scious Lee is played in spon­ta­neous trib­ute. But per­haps the main pres­ence on Small Town is Frisell’s hero, pioneering gui­tarist May­belle Carter, and when this ad­mirably re­strained duo launch into Wild­wood Flower, the Carter Fam­ily clas­sic, the con­nec­tions be­tween jazz and coun­try, be­tween big city and small town, are made ap­par­ent. prop­er­mu­sic.com COR­MAC LARKIN

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