Nonesuch, 2008, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O’s Notes: Bill paints the musical picture of life and it’s mysteries from childhood to adulthood in thirty tunes on two discs. The work is inspired by Jim Woodring, the cartoonist behind the Frank comics. Much of the music was recorded live with the octet that includes Greg Tardy (ts), Jenny Scheinmann (violin) and Hank Roberts (cello). Highlights are the emotionally rich “Struggle” (parts I & II), “Jackie-ing”, “Waltz For Baltimore” and “Sub-Conscious Lee”. It’s inside-the-head, somewhat eclectic music that pulls the listener in or pushes them away, much like many of our own life experiences.