Bill Frisell When You Wish Upon A Star on 180g 2LP
Featuring Vocalist Petra Haden, Violist Eyvind Kang, Bassist Thomas Morgan & Drummer Rudy Royston!
When You Wish Upon A Star is the latest project from legendary guitarist/composer Bill Frisell. Comprised of music from iconic film and television scores, the LP is conceived not only as an homage, but as a celebration of music-making with longtime collaborators and their collective commitment to refined interpretation of material. Produced by Lee Townsend (Loudon Wainwright III, John Scofield, Carrie Rodriguez), the LP brings together an all-star "dream team" of Frisell's frequent partners in crime: violist Eyvind Kang, drummer Rudy Royston, bass player Thomas Morgan and vocalist Petra Haden.
Frisell describes the group of friends' unique process as beginning with listening to as many versions of the pieces as possible and committing any lyrics to heart, followed by total immersion in the original score (harmony, phrasing, arrangement), learning the notes and hours of practice. "Finally, when it's in the blood," he says, the musicians are ready to deliver their interpretations. The cornerstones of the album are four "suites" of music that reside deep within the collective psyche: "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Psycho," "Once Upon A Time In The West" and "The Godfather."
These are joined by new versions of well-known songs that describe the mysterious power of dreams: "You Only Live Twice," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "Moon River" and "When You Wish Upon A Star." Finally, the set is rounded out with music from TV series "Bonanza" and "Happy Trails," the film noir classic "The Bad and The Beautiful" and Frisell's own work from the TV show "Tales From The Far Side." Taken together, the selections touch upon a wide swath of mid-twentieth century values, major events and cultural touchstones.
"I've been watching TV and movies my whole life," Frisell notes. "What I've seen and heard there is a huge part of, and is embedded so deeply into the fabric of what fires up my musical imagination."