“The Lodge” was a somewhat rustic dwelling in the Montclair Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. Between 1990 and 1994 it was the scene of remarkable gatherings of diverse musicians, all of whom willingly adhered to two implicit principles: No matter who you imagined yourself to be you checked your ego at the door, and you refrained as best you could from playing things you had played previously. The entirely improvised music was frequently transcendent.
My intention for this incarnation of The Lodge is to embrace that same spirit of freewheeling exploration. The first posts were long-form artist interviews, but the focus has since shifted to explorations of creativity and the creative process. —BC
Pushing Off the Edge of What You Know
Bill Frisell has been expanding the boundaries of what constitutes jazz for more than four decades. He doesn’t borrow directly from other styles so much as absorb the essence of those styles into his music organically, while at the same time relying on serendipity to add transcendent touches to his studio and live performance.