Derek Bailey – Explanation & Thanks (2005)

Recorded 2005, Barcelona, Spain. It’s a bit difficult to understand how, after more than four decades of playing guitar, Derek Bailey developed a debilitating case of carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s not like holding a pick was something new to him, but the condition (fortunately confined to his right hand) made it such that he was no longer able to hold a “plectrum.” This fact comes out … Continue reading Derek Bailey – Explanation & Thanks (2005)

Derek Bailey & Han Bennink – An old woman is shelling beans inside her privy parts. It sounds “like the deep croaking of a frog” (1969)

First track on the duo album Derek Bailey / Han Bennink by Derek Bailey / Han Bennink. Recorded on July 30, 1969 at Studio Andre van de Water, Nederhorst den Berg (The Netherlands). Derek Bailey – guitar Han Bennink – drums, oboe, gachi, conch   Continue reading Derek Bailey & Han Bennink – An old woman is shelling beans inside her privy parts. It sounds “like the deep croaking of a frog” (1969)

Derek Bailey – Paris (1980)

Paris is recorded at ‘Dunois’ Paris on 4 July 1980 and is first track on the album Aida by Derek Bailey. Derek Bailey (29 January 1930 – 25 December 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement. [source] Aida, consisting of two live recordings from 1980, captures Derek Bailey on the cusp between his early-career thorny and more drastic explorations of the outer limits of … Continue reading Derek Bailey – Paris (1980)