I arrived back from France on Saturday night and have been exhausted since... normal service will be resumed this week, hopefully... for now -a long, spiky track from Derek Bailey – appropriately entitled 'Paris,' given my recent trip (although I was in Brittany – but near enough...). This is the guv'nor at his purest – just an acoustic guitar, recorded live in 1980.. the crabbed lines, cracked harmonics, sudden plunging runs and rapidly strummed dissonances... the ghost of jazz guitar lurks somewhere – but a long way away – the use of open strings takes his playing nearer to 'folk' techniques, oddly, rather than playing in position up and down the neck as a jazz guitarist would usually do. Bright, astringent – a steely joy...
Another live recording, performed at the 2002 Vision Festival in New York, this time on acoustic bass – from Peter Kowald - who unfortunately died later the same year... starting on a long and deep arco note and spinning radically outwards into a see-sawing phrase that he proceeds to mutate and turn and turn about... almost conversational at times, a mirror of the human voice... ...
Derek Bailey (g)
Peter Kowald (b)