Friday, June 03, 2022

Bill Frisell at Willisau in 2012, playing John Lennon – and Paul Motian

When Bill Frisell played John Lennon tunes with Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen at the 2012 Willisau Jazz Festival, the set started with a melody that was not by Lennon. Afterwards, I had a chance to ask Leisz if I had correctly recognized the opener, and he confirmed that it was Paul Motian’s “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago”, the title track of the first Motian Trio album with Frisell and Joe Lovano. Leisz added that Frisell had started the set in memory of Motian because the first time he ever played Willisau was with Motian, and it was his first appearance there since Motian’s death in 2011. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 3 June 2022)

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