i bought this cd about a year ago for the birthday of a friend who is a fan of richter. when i listened to it, not having a cd-rom set up then, i looked at the photos of richter's painting while frisell's composition played, and i imagined the music corresponding to the paintings, much in way i have with other artist-musician collaborations, disney's the socerer's apprentice and jackson pollock painting to jazz. frisell's accomplishment was sufficiently pleasing for me to put my own purchase on the backburner.
this week i bought richter 858 and put the cd immediately on my player and continued doing things around the house. what i didn't hear during my previous listening: frisell's cd reminds me of of miles davis' bitches brew and later cds of miles work, aura and siesta, with just a touch of frisell's rock.a.billy hokey music, there, i suppose, as frisell's signature.
frisell's cd's have never topped my list of jazz guitarists. however, this one is worth consideration. definitely an excellent addition to electronic jazz.