Bill Frisell is one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his unmistakable, singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well, collaborating with artists such as Paul Motian, Elvis Costello, ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Van Dyke Parkes, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Petra Haden, Bono and many, many others. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell’s role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety. Much has been made of the uncategorizable nature of Bill Frisell’s music and the seamlessness with which his bands have navigated such a variety of styles, but whatever he is doing he maintains a deep structure to his music and never loses sight of the melody at its heart. The New York Times said of his artistry, “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often- avoided subject, tenderness.” Frisell has been nominated for several Grammys and won he won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his album Unspeakable.