Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight: Bill Frisell @ The Belcourt

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Think of this side project of stellar jazz guitarist Frisell—a Grammy-winning solo artist and sought-after sideman for the likes of Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Norah Jones—as a less arch, more musically expansive version of the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. His inspiration is the haunting portraiture of Mike Disfarmer, a small-town studio photographer whose posed World War II-era photos of the citizens of Heber Springs, Ark., evoke a Diane Arbus-like alienation in the hollows of the heartland: two grim sisters gripped in a stilted deadlock of an embrace, little boys facing forward with ancient eyes. Tonight, along with the photos, Frisell will be accompanied by steel guitarist Greg Leisz, violinist Jenny Scheinman and bassist Viktor Krauss. 7 p.m. at The Belcourt —JIM RIDLEY

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