Derek Bailey

Derek Bailey

Avant-Garde, free jazz, free improvisation, experimental, jazz

Derek Bailey (January 29, 1930 – December 25, 2005) was a free improvising avant-garde guitarist. The most noticeable feature of his style is what appears to be its extreme discontinuity, often from note to note: there may be enormous intervals between consecutive notes, and rather than aspiring to the consistency of timbre typical of most guitar-playing, Bailey interrupts it as much as possible: four consecutive notes, for instance, may be played on an open string

Ballads [2002]
  • 1. Laura (2:58)
  • 2. What's New (1:40)
  • 3. When Your Lover Has Gone (3:18)
  • 4. Stella By Starlight (7:21)
  • 5. My Melancholy Baby (3:13)
  • 6. My Buddy (1:12)
  • 7. Gone With The Wind (2:28)
  • 8. Rockin' Chair (2:04)
  • 9. Body and soul (5:33)
  • 10. Gone With The Wind (2:28)
  • 11. Rockin' Chair (2:04)
  • 12. You Go To My Head (1:47)
  • 13. Georgia on My Mind (4:57)
  • 14. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (0:50)

It's not as though Derek Bailey hadn't given a hint or two before. On his wonderful Drop Me Off at 96th (on Scatter), he tantalized listeners with a couple of bars of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Even those who might have preferred that he stood steadfast and true to the non-idiomatic free improv "tradition" might have wavered slightly. Still, for those so inclined, Ballads might be a bittersweet experience. They might prefer to understand that Bailey was quite capable of playing in a traditionally Read more on Last.fm.