Derek Bailey Interview: September 2001
AAJ: Of younger improvising guitarists, who would you say is noteworthy?
DB: Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music. It used to be, but I suppose you could say that about a lot of things. I think Alex Ward is a good player. He is essentially a clarinetist, but then he is also a good pianist. I think what he does on guitar is good. Rod Poole, who is on this guitar trio recorded in LA, he is English but lives in LA. He is a very interesting player. There is a Portuguese guy called Mota, Manuel Mota - I think that's his name, but I've forgotten. He is really quite intriguing, I saw him play a couple of years ago in Lisbon. He plays finger style on a solid electric. He didn't play much or a long time - about twenty minutes - and what he played I thought was really interesting, quite radical. In this area it is difficult for anyone to be radical these days. Noel Akchoté is good. I think there are a lot of them around. In the States particularly, there is a whole bunch of newer guys who have come up. Some have a tendency to work out of the blues, which I don't particularly like myself. I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me. There are plenty of guitar players at the moment. Guitarists and electronics seem to be the more rife presences.
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