DEREK BAILEY
To Play

[Samadhi Sound, www.samadhisound.com]

When Derek Bailey passed away late last year, little did the world know there was a solo session of material waiting to see the light of day. Sure, people in the improvised music world were in shock and dismay. This wasn't someone who was going to be forgotten or dismissed by the populace. Derek was a real monolith, though still remaining humble about his accomplishments and many feats. When Bailey went into The Moat studio to record work that would end up on David Sylvian's "Blemish" record, there was still a ton of material remaining at the end of it all to warrant a full record. Not to mistake this for throw-away material, "To Play" [a title suggested by David Toop. Toop thought it'd be a great idea if a play was written around Bailey's playing.] is an album that is rich in emotional strive, full of commanding picking and an enormous amount of humility. Having made at least a handful of great solo guitar records [both volumes of "Solo Guitar" on Incus stand out, along with "Music and Dance", his work with dancer Min Tanaka], Bailey could easily do without yet another solo record. The very fact that it exists is important. Subtle picking patterns intermingle with utter rowdy passages of pure intensity. When Bailey plays, he means business. This isn't some sort of mood-setting exercise but a firmly delivered philosophy of life - life of a trubadour, life of an improviser in the truest sense of that word. I love to pick out single lines of melodic fervour from underneath the improvisational mayhem Bailey serves up. This really reminds us Bailey possessed a sense of the melodic in his head, even if his main love was pure improv. Playing dipped in blues, dripping with irony, drenched with a proud walk of a man whose mission on earth was accomplished.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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>> DEREK BAILEY - To Play
+ Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
+ PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
+ V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
+ I am oldschool! - rozmowa z Housemeister'em
+ In my blood - wywiad z Michael'em Mayer'em