Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Bill Frisell - In Line (1982)
There's no Weber here, but another ECM bass regular, Arild Andersen, provides a subtle underpinning to about half the album. Frisell is mostly muted and understated too on his first time out as leader, nimbly picking out a bunch of gorgeous melodies. On 'The Beach', he expands his palate with layers of delayed guitar sound to create a stunning soundscape that marks the album's high point for me.
As with a handful of other ECM albums, the CD reissue replaced the original artwork with something much more nondescript and mid-80s, so I've plumped for the original LP cover for this post of In Line. So I actually stand corrected in saying there's no Weber here - as with about a dozen other ECM releases, the original cover was by Maja Weber, late wife of the great bassman.