Review Of Bill Frisell Transcriptions By Jan Jakut

Bill Frisell is one of those stand out guitar players that perhaps suffers from not getting the profile he deserves for his long standing work in the field of guitar. This is a review of a new set of transcriptions by guitarist Jan Jakut. These transcriptions have been taken directly from performance work Bill carried out on Youtube.


Bill Frisell Solo Guitar Arrangements For Jazzers

Bill Frisell


Bill Frisell – The Marmite Guitarist?

Bill Frisell is one of those guitarists that you either love or hate judging by comments on social media by some detractors. We are firmly in the camp of loving the guitarist’s work. Furthermore, we were delighted to hear that a young guitarists from Seattle, Washington State, USA Jan Jakut has created a line on transcriptions of Bill’s solo work on Youtube for review.

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Okay So It’s Not Guitar Gear!

Yes, you spotted correctly, this is not a guitar gear review but why not. So, first up, we’d like to highlight Jan Jakut. Jan is based as mentioned in Seattle, USA where he is pursuing a Jan JakutMaster’s degree in Jazz and Improvised Music. Jan’s first publication for Schott Music International was released in early 2015, in 2016 he was one of the finalists in Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Music Competition.

Confronting the musical aesthetics of Hendrix and Cobain with textures derived from Jazz, 50s and 60s instrumental music, his music explores contemporary genres in a jazz setting. Working on his first EP he is poised and determined to tour his music.

For more information on Jan please visit his website at Jan Jakut. Regarding bookings, accompaniment, or sheet music please email Jan at

The Transcriptions Of Bill Frisell’s Solo Arrangements

Jan has transcribed a number of jazz guitar solos and for the Bill Frisell works he transcribed them directly from the Youtube videos that Bill has put up himself. Here is an example of what Jan has transcribed, the jazz beautiful standard “Embraceable You”.

A Short Sample Of The Transcription

Below you can see a small part of one of the transcriptions available. This and other works for jazz guitar are all available to buy direct with immediate download from Jan’s online shop which can be found by clicking HERE. Pricing as mentioned below is very good for the work involved in creating this much needed resource.

Bill Frisell Transcription

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Ged Brockie is a guitarist of over thirty years experience in the music industry. Performance, composition, music industry projects and guitar and music tuition at all levels.


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