Rambler (Bill Frisell album)

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Studio album by Bill Frisell
Released 1985
Recorded August, 1984
Studio Power Station, NYC
Genre Post-bop
Length 45:22
Label ECM
ECM 1287
Producer Manfred Eicher
Bill Frisell chronology
Smash & Scatteration
(with Vernon Reid)

Rambler is the second album by Bill Frisell to be released on the ECM label. It was released in 1985 and features performances by Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Stewart, Jerome Harris and Paul Motian.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "This relatively early set from Bill Frisell is a fine showcase for the utterly unique guitarist. Frisell has the ability to play nearly any extroverted style of music and his humor (check out the date's "Music I Heard") is rarely far below the surface. This particular quintet (with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, tuba player Bob Stewart, electric bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Paul Motian) is not exactly short of original personalities and their outing (featuring seven Frisell compositions) is one of the most lively of all the ones in the ECM catalog.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bill Frisell.

  1. "Tone" – 8:00
  2. "Music I Heard" – 4:49
  3. "Rambler" – 8:20
  4. "When We Go" – 5:19
  5. "Resistor" – 5:49
  6. "Strange Meeting" – 7:05
  7. "Wizard of Odds" – 6:19



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 13, 2011