• Guitarist Bill Frisell performs a set of John Lennon tunes at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Guitarist Bill Frisell performs a set of John Lennon tunes at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Greg Leisz plays pedal steel guitar to accompany Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Greg Leisz plays pedal steel guitar to accompany Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Drummer Kenny Wollesen performs with Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Drummer Kenny Wollesen performs with Bill Frisell at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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Bill Frisell Plays John Lennon, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

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Bill Frisell is a soft-spoken guy who does a lot of talking with his guitar — and its pedals and effects. So perhaps it's appropriate that he recently issued an album called All We Are Saying, an collection of John Lennon songs. Though he's known primarily for working with other improvisers, he's of the Baby Boomer generation, and he doesn't hide his love for Beatles songs away. With a band including steel guitar (Greg Leisz) and violin (Jenny Scheinman), Frisell doesn't reinvent the wheel — but he certainly gives it a new spin.

Set List
  • "Across The Universe"
  • "Beautiful Boy"
  • "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"
  • "#9 Dream"
  • "Come Together"
  • "In My Life"
  • "Strawberry Fields Forever"
Personnel
  • Bill Frisell, electric guitar
  • Greg Leisz, steel guitars
  • Jenny Scheinman, violin
  • Tony Scherr, bass
  • Kenny Wollesen, drums
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