Recorded in August, 2017 at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, OR and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Bill Frisell, some of them brand new – "Change in the Air," "Thankful," "What Do You Want," "Miss You" and "Go Happy Lucky" – others being solo adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as "Ron Carter," "Pretty Stars," "Monica Jane" and "The Pioneers." "In Line" and "Rambler" are from Frisell's first two ECM albums. Aside from 2013's freely improvised Silent Comedy, for John Zorn's Tzadik label, Music IS serves as Frisell's first solo album since the making of Ghost Town, released on Nonesuch almost 20 years ago. The focus of Music IS is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell's original and inimitable perspective. Some of the interpretations being naked, exposed and truly solo, while others are more orchestrated through overdubbed layering and the use of his unparalleled approach to looping. The end result is Frisell at his most distilled and fully realized.