Every musician is a mixture of elements from two realms: the innate — character, talent, ambition, creativity, energy — and the learned — all the beautifully outrageous or rhapsodic or melancholic strains that have sunk in over the years.
Guitarist Bill Frisell, who plays the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Charles Lloyd & Friends, counts among his muses Hungarian jazz guitarist Gábor Szabó (1936-1982). As it happens, saxophonist/ flutist Lloyd worked with Szabó early in his career. On Of Course, of Course (1965), Lloyd’s second album as a leader, he makes music with Szabó, drummer Tony Williams, and bassist Ron Carter. “Some of the songs we’re playing together are even songs that Charles played with Gábor in the early ’60s,” Frisell said. “It’s kind of weird getting to be this age; it’s like all these circles keep coming back around. I just can’t even believe I’m getting to do some of these things. It’s like I woke up in some unbelievable dream.”