The Beautiful Dreamers trio is just one of the seemingly endless projects of prolific and innovative guitarist Bill Frisell. Joining him is Eyvind Kang on viola and drummer Rudy Royston, who both approach their instruments with the same virtuosic, wide-ranging versatility as Frisell and have collaborated with him in other contexts. As Beautiful Dreamers, the trio issued an eponymous 2010 album on Savoy Jazz that includes 10 Frisell originals synthesizing his jazz, Americana, blues, and rock influences. But particularly telling are the brilliantly idiosyncratic covers: Little Anthony's soul nugget "Goin' Out of My Head" precisely plucked with an Appalachian flair; a playful, hot-club-like swing through Benny Goodman's "Benny's Bugle"; a wistful "Tea for Two"; a lovely but surrealistic version of Stephen Foster's title tune; a twangy, rocking "Keep on the Sunny Side"; and a scuffling, bitter reading of Blind Willie Johnson's "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine." Deconstructed and reassembled with loving affection for both the tune and the other musicians' work, each... More >>>