Bill Frisell (born 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger, highly-regarded for his masterful approach to improvisation and extensive discography.
Growing up in Denver, Frisell studied the clarinet before turning to the guitar in his teens. In the early 1980s, Pat Metheny recommended Frisell to Paul Motian for a recording session, which began a long-running partnership between Frisell and Motian. At the same time Frisell became the in-house guitarist for ECM, working on several important albums. Later he moved east and was prominent in the New York scene, joining John Zorn as a member of the band Naked City. In the 1990s he explored Americana and country music while living in Seattle. In 2005 Frisell received a Grammy Award for his album “Unspeakable".