Bill Frisell

The Beatles have the most covered and coveted songbook in the world, and the airwaves are so saturated with covers that they can sound like white noise. (Occasionally, something truly terrible, like PM Dawn's "Norwegian Wood," gets your attention.) And local jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell has heard all that crap, yet he dared to sample the John Lennon side of the canon for last fall's release on Savoy Jazz, All We Are Saying. It's a tender and thoughtfully adapted collection of 16 songs you know so well, including "In My Life," "Nowhere Man," and "Julia." Opening the album, "Across the Universe" is gorgeous, infusing iconic bars with elegant guitar harmonics and dreamy resonance. Frisell's delicate rendition of "Julia" weaves expert improvisation into the arrangement; he applies graceful finesse to the classic melody. He respects Lennon and the Beatles too much to attempt any sort of reckless rearrangement. For this four-night stand (through Sunday), he's backed by Tony Scherr, Greg Leisz, and Kenny Wollesen. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

June 14-16, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., June 17, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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