Entertainment Weekly - 1/26/01, p.103
"...[Frisell] reaches new atmospheric heights....brilliant guitar work..." - Rating: B
The Wire - 5/01, p.61
"...A compendious evocation and synthesis of a range of genres that never sounds merely eclectic....on a far superior level to most contemporary jazz albums....one of Frisell's most ambitious productions to date..."
CMJ - 2/19/01, p.15
"...The soundtrack to a sleepwalk, a blurred ghost image of American music..."
Down Beat - 5/01, pp.61-24.5 stars out of 5
- "...Call it sophisticated hick music....It's the good, bad and the ugly, as his essentially cinematic approach to storytelling contains both fragments and extended pieces....suggesting the Wild West with a twist one moment, a gospel, down-by-the-river meeting the next..."
JazzTimes - 5/01, p.122
"...Another winsome album....reiterating his bucolic synthesis of American roots music....an American original..."
Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic & electric guitars, loops); Billy Drewes (alto saxophone); Ron Miles (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Greg Leisz (lap steel, pedal steel, Scheerhorn resonator & National steel guitars, mandolin); David Piltch (bass); Kenny Wollesen (drums, percussion).
Recorded at O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, California.
BLUES DREAM is another in a series of guitarist Bill Frisell's painterly, roots-inflected explorations of American music. Here, Frisell is joined by a horn section which includes trumpeter Ron Miles and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (of the Jazz Passengers), and the sound of hard brass in the mix crisply offsets his idiosyncratic, bent-note, impresssionistic techniques. Actually, the guitarist gets off more than a few rock-licks on the R&B jam "Ron Carter," a tribute to the bassist that, interestingly, sounds nothing like the elder jazzman's own music. Frisell returns to a more familiar pastures on "Pretty Flowers Were Made For Blooming" and its uptempo cousin, "Pretty Stars Were Made To Shine," which sound as though they were cribbed directly from the Carter Family Songbook. But, on "Like Dreamers Do (Pts. 1 & 2)," the presence of those horns prevents the leader from getting too lost in his Americana reveries. Consequently, BLUES DREAM is one of the strongest sounding solo outings of Bill Frisell's career.