Blues Dream

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Blues Dream
Blues Dream.jpg
Studio album by Bill Frisell
Released January 30, 2001
Genre Jazz fusion, folk jazz, Americana
Length 61:58
Label Elektra Nonesuch
Producer Lee Townsend
Bill Frisell chronology
Ghost Town
Blues Dream
With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones

Blues Dream is the 13th album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label. It was released in 2001 and features performances by Frisell, Greg Leisz, Ron Miles, Billy Drewes, Curtis Fowlkes, David Piltch and Kenny Wollesen.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[3]

Response was positive, with Metacritic assigned album an aggregate score of 86 out of 100 based on 7 critical reviews indicating "Universal Acclaim".[2] The Allmusic review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. awarded the album 3.5 stars, stating, "Blues Dream is a perfectly chosen title: the material, steeped in the blues, is approached in a lazy, dreamlike fashion. Frisell's fondness for putting unusual combinations of instruments together adds to the overall effect, leaving the listener to wonder why no one has ever tried this before. Blues Dream is a lovely release that should satisfy Frisell fans as well as jazz, country, and blues fans looking for a genre-bending experience.".[3] PopMatters' Will Layman said "Blues Dream is a movie for your ears, a soundtrack for your passage through a daydream, a kind of classical music even: a set of most careful compositions that orchestrate sounds beyond our imaginations. Blues Dream moves from beautiful to strange and back again. But it’s a classic".[4] In JazzTimes, Bill Shoemaker was less enthused writing "Certainly, Blues Dream will reinforce the media consensus that Frisell is an American original. However, this is a strangely antiseptic album. ... Yet Blues Dream is not a compelling album. ... It’s a pat atmosphere only occasionally disrupted by a busy loop or a blast of distortion from Frisell, or a raucous horn statement".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bill Frisell.

  1. "Blues Dream" – 2:31
  2. "Ron Carter" – 6:45
  3. "Pretty Flowers Were Made for Blooming" – 3:20
  4. "Pretty Stars Were Made to Shine" – 1:45
  5. "Where Do We Go?" – 5:21
  6. "Like Dreamers Do (Part One)" – 1:34
  7. "Like Dreamers Do (Part Two)" – 2:37
  8. "Outlaws" – 4:19
  9. "What Do We Do?" – 7:08
  10. "Episode" – 0:49
  11. "Soul Merchant" – 2:42
  12. "Greg Leisz" – 6:14
  13. "The Tractor" – 2:27
  14. "Fifty Years" – 1:31
  15. "Slow Dance" – 3:11
  16. "Things Will Never Be the Same" – 4:49
  17. "Dream On" – 3:06
  18. "Blues Dream (Reprise)" – 1:53



  1. ^ Bill Frisell discography, accessed November 3, 2017
  2. ^ a b "Blues Dream by Bill Frisell - Reviews". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ a b Lankford, R. Allmusic Review accessed June 21, 2011
  4. ^ Layman, W. PopMatters Review, April 17, 2012
  5. ^ Shoemaker, B. JazzTimes Review, May 2001