Skip to main content
Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell (Guitar)

Born: 18th March 1951, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Nationality: American

Artist's website:

William Richard Frisell is an American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. Frisell first came to prominence at ECM Records in the 1980s, as both a session player and a leader. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a participant in the Downtown Scene in New York City where he formed a long working relationship with composer and saxophonist John Zorn. He was also a longtime member of veteran drummer Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until 2011 (upon Motian’s death). Since the late 1990s, Frisell's output as a bandleader has also integrated prominent elements of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and Americana.

Further Reading: Bill Frisell

Artist Profile, Essentials - Bill Frisell

We give some recommendations on where to start with American jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, from early entries and sideman features to more recent releases.

Recording of the Week, Bill Frisell - Valentine

Bill Frisell's new record gives us the most succinct version of the veteran guitarist's recent sound to date, in a stripped-down trio format. However, there's still plenty to enjoy with this familiar sound.

All Genres: Bill Frisell

Recent Best Sellers: Bill Frisell

New Releases: Bill Frisell