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This DVD is dedicated to the late Irving Stone and his wife Stephanie, once ubiquitous at NYC avant-garde concerts. Sadly, it can also be considered a dedication to Bailey himself, now retired due to ill health. But is also a tribute to the scene surrounding Downtown Music Gallery (DMG) and proprietors Bruce and Manny Gallanter. DMG is the closest we get here in NYC to the salons of Paris where artists, musicians and intellectuals gather in common interest and spirit. Chances are you'll meet one of the musicians Bruce recommends to you during your next visit.
This environment has also played host to countless in-store performances. Bailey's solo unamplified guitar recital from late December 2001, captured here, is a fascinating document, allowing those who wonder about Bailey's unique style a chance to see it up close. That said, it is not particularly illuminating as the mental leaps Bailey goes through on this 45 minute performance are still difficult to analyze. Making it even more surreal is the portion where Bailey describes his first job at a London music store in the '60s while continuing his fractured music as a soundtrack. To make it more than just a man playing guitar, video effects are added that, while quaint, are slightly bizarre and distracting.
Seeing Bailey like this, without the volume pedal so integral to his concept is fascinating. There are times, like with all his music, where he sounds haggard and others where he sounds brilliant. This should not be taken as a master class or instructional video though...one Derek Bailey is enough.
Produced and Directed by Robert O'Haire 51 minutes, NTSC all-region DVD
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com