B3 Project – Bill Frisell’s “Throughout”

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell’s composition “Throughout”, which he first recorded in 1983, has been revisited several times by its author in the last 30 years, both in the studio and in concert, accompanied by many fine musicians who have contributed to the song’s alluring character. It is, in my opinion, Frisell’s most soulful and spiritual composition. Its progression of diminished, major, minor and half-diminished chords is the perfect conduit for Frisell’s inspired playing which, over the years, has lifted “Throughout” to the status of a veritable jazz aria.

My version of the piece was recorded in the classic B3 trio set-up (guitar, B3 organ, drums) using my Fender Stratocaster 40th Anniversary Edition electric guitar and my Z6S MIDI guitar for the organ and percussion parts. Various influences inevitably surface in my playing and some of the organ makes me think of Procul Harum, one of my favourite bands of the 60s. I also winked at my brother Gabriel by changing Frisell’s tempo of 90 bpm (beats per minute) down to 88 bpm (Gabi played the piano, which has 88 keys).

All this music that is in me would never have been without Gabi, who took the time to teach me about

Stratocaster and Z6S

Stratocaster and Z6S

the marvelous music of the 50s, in spite of our age difference of 14 years. Thanks to him, music has defined my life and given me a sense of purpose – it is evident that I would not be who I am if Gabi had not intervened when I was 6 years old. He was a wonderful brother. This recording is dedicated to him – he has been with me “throughout.”

Like all the pieces in my B3 project, “Throughout” should be played LOUD.









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