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The world is a bit lonelier now that guitarist Derek Bailey has passed away. The freedom his music allowed is, or should be, a model to every musician and listener interested in the creative process.
This signature album, Standards, follows the 2002 Tzadik Records release of the infamous Ballads sessions, but was in fact recorded before those tracks. The liner notes reveal that these seven standards were made at the request of fellow musician and label head John Zorn after a holiday dinner in 2001. It was only after Bailey returned to the UK that he suggested the release of Ballads, thirteen much shorter and seemingly more concise songs.
Like the previous session, these tracks take onyou guessed itDerek Bailey's outsider vision of standards. Reading the track titles gives you an insight into his play on words and music. "Gone with the Wind becomes "Frankly My Dear I Don't Give a Damn and "You Go to My Head becomes simply "Head.
Also like Ballads, there are references to the melodies on Standards, but sometimes only in passing. Bailey translates via Bailey; sentimental at times, and at other moments only skirting the edges of affection. Listen closely, and you might miss the "tune. Back away and allow the music to wash over youfree of measure, free of formand the melody appears. Arguably, his playing cannot be taught, classified or formalizedand thankfully, never co-opted.
Track Listing: Nothing New; Frankly My Dear I Donít Give a Damn; When Your Liver Has Gone; Please Send Me Sweet Chariot; Donít Talk About Me; Pentup Serenade; Head.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.