Album of the Day
Among the most respected jazz guitarists working today, Bill Frisell has recorded nearly an album a year since emerging as a performer in the early 1980s, most for the eclectic Nonesuch imprint. Released 15 years ago this weekend, UNSPEAKABLE is among the best of his recordings for the label, and perfectly showcases the axeman's inclusive approach to genre. Produced by Hal Willner, the collection adds soul and hip-hop elements to the sonic palette, and its string arrangements, funky grooves and samples inspire some of Frisell's most intense and inventive playing (check out his solo on “Old Sugar Bear”). A Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, UNSPEAKABLE is highly recommended for any set of adventurous ears.