Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
194

Derek Bailey/Milo Fine: Scale Points on the Fever Curve

Kurt Gottschalk By

Sign in to view read count Views
Derek Bailey/Milo Fine: Scale Points on the Fever Curve This is the story of a kindly old British turtle and a hotshot Minnesotan rabbit who perhaps didn’t embark on a race so much as spend an hour or so running laps around each other.

The turtle had known the rabbit, who was about a decade younger than him, for a long time. The turtle had been playing guitar for an even longer time, and was rather good at it, so at the appointed hour brought nothing but his trusty six-string and a volume pedal.

When they met, however, the rabbit was carrying a big bag containing two clarinets, an electric keyboard and a drum set. At the count of three they took off. The turtle stayed his course, doing his thing and doing it well, while the hare jumped around from instrument to instrument, sometimes keeping up with the turtle, sometimes trying to set the pace and generally falling further behind the harder he tried.

Now it’s a well known fact that rabbits are at their best on drums, which was fortunate because this particular turtle was at his best with drummers. But the jumpy little critters aren’t as good on keyboards (they pound) or horns (they squeak). Fortunately, such diversions didn’t drag the turtle down. He kept strumming and plucking and hitting false harmonics while the bunny hopped all over the place.

So that’s how it was, children, when the tortoise and the hare ran their course. And while it might not be fair to go pitting one of them up against the other, we all know how the story ends: Slow and steady wins the race.

This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .


Track Listing: 1 Opening Gamut 2 Extract Before 3 Extract After 4 Closing Gambit

Personnel: Derek Bailey - electric guitar; Milo Fine - saxophone, drums, keyboards.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Emanem | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

Extended Analysis
DVD/Video/Film Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
The Complete 15...
Tzadik
2013
buy
Various Brits: Just Not Cricket!
Various Brits: Just...
Ni Vu Ni Connu
2013
buy
[no cover]
Derek Bailey Plus One...
Tzadik
2012
buy
[no cover]
Tout Rectangle :...
Tzadik
2011
buy
[no cover]
Scrutables
Tzadik
2011
buy
[no cover]
Tout For Tea !
Tzadik
2011
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
John Zorn John Zorn
sax, alto
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Nels Cline Nels Cline
guitar, electric
Evan Parker Evan Parker
sax, tenor

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.