All songs written by Bill Frisell except: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 (Elmer Bernstein); You Only Live Twice (John Barry / Leslie Bricusse); Psycho, Pt. 1 and Pt.2 (Bernard Herrmann); The Shadow of Your Smile (Dave Heywood / Leroy Heywood / Johnny Mandel / Paul Webster); Bonanza (Jay Livingston / Ray Evans); Once Upon a Time in the West(Theme) (Ennio Morricone); Once Upon a Time in the West (As a Judgement)(Ennio Morricone); Once Upon a Time in the West (Farewell to Cheyenne) (Ennio Morricone); When You Wish Up on a Star (Leigh Harline / Ned Washington); Moon River (Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer / James McMillan / Chris Walden); The Godfather (Nino Rota); The Bad and the Beautiful (David Raksin); Happy Trails (Dale Evans)
When You Wish Upon a Star, guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston in re-imagining time-honored gems such as When You Wish Upon a Star, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shadow of Your Smile, Moon River, You Only Live Twice, Frisell’s own theme for Gary Larson’s television special, Tales from the Far Side and others. Produced by Lee Townsend; engineered by Tucker Martine and Adam Muñoz and mastered with Greg Calbi.
“Movie songs are the ultimate ear worms. Who hasn’t whistled the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” or crooned a Disney lullaby? Bill Frisell can’t resist, either……….his latest album is devoted to composers famous for their work on the silver screen, including Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein. Mr. Frisell and his quintet revisit vintage orchestrations on the album, When You Wish Upon a Star.” – The Wall Street Journal