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Wednesday, March 2nd

like nobody else

Derek Bailey (1930-2005), guitar, Ballads,* 2002



art beat

William Klein (1928-), Dance in Brooklyn, 1955

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*Track list (courtesy of YouTube):

1. Laura 0:00
2. What’s New? 2:58
3. When Your Lover Has Gone 4:38
4. Stella by Starlight 7:56
5. My Melancholy Baby 15:17
6. My Buddy 18:31
7. Gone With the Wind 19:42
8. Rockin’ Chair 21:52
9. Body and Soul 23:48
10. Gone With the Wind 29:21
11. Rockin’ Chair 31:50
12: You Go to My Head 33:54
13. Georgia on My Mind 35:42
14. Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone 40:40

Monday, February 9th

Why start the week with the same old stuff?

Derek Bailey (1930-2005, guitar), Min Tanaka (1945-, dance), Japan, 1993




reading table

For you fleas too,
The night must be long,
It must be lonely.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; translated from Japanese by R. H. Blyth)


the beat goes on

Nineteen hundred posts—and counting.

Sunday, 5/20/12

three takes

“Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” (E.C. Ball)
(AKA “Tribulations”)

Andrew Bird
Live, Nashville (Grimey’s New & Preloved Music), 2009


Wayne Henderson, Martha Spencer & Jackson Cunningham
Live, Maryland (Rockville), 2010


E.C. Ball & Lacey Richardson
Recording (Alan Lomax), 1959-60



listening room: (some of) what’s playing

 Face A Frowning World: An E.C. Ball Memorial Album (Tompkins Square)

• Merle Haggard, If I Could Only Fly (Anti- Records)

• The Canton Spirituals, The Live Experience 1999 (Verity Records)

• Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests, Moa Anbessa (Terp Records)

• Derek Bailey, Bill Laswell, Tony Williams, Arcana (DIW Records)

• Peter Brotzmann Octet, Machine Gun (FMP)

• Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet, Nipples (Atavistic Records/Unheard Music Series)

• Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1967 (Columbia)

• Cecil Taylor European Orchestra, Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (FMP)

• Alfred Cortot, piano, The Master Pianist (EMI, Icon Series)

• Nathan Milstein, violin, J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas (Deutsche Grammaphon)

• Arnold Schoenberg, Das Klavierwerk, Peter Serkin, piano (Arcana)

• WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)

Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)


Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture“new bass and beats”)
Sinner’s Crossroads 
(Kevin Nutt, gospel)
Cherry Blossom Clinic (Terre T, rock, etc.)
Fool’s Paradise (Rex; “Vintage rockabilly, R & B, blues, vocal groups, garage, instrumentals, hillbilly, soul and surf”)
Downtown Soulville (Mr. Fine Wine, soul, etc.)

• WHPK-FM (broadcasting from University of Chicago)

The Blues Excursion (Arkansas Red)

Wednesday, 10/5/11


The other day, while I was listening to the radio,* this popped out.

Derek Bailey (guitar) & Tony Oxley (percussion, electronics)
“Sheffield Phantoms,” The Advocate, Tzadik, 2007 (rec. 1975)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Rarely do you hear something that’s both this “out” and this intimate.

*Afternoon New Music, WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University), Mon.-Wed., 3-6 p.m. (EST)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

guitar players who sound like nobody else, part 2

Derek Bailey (1930-2005)

With tap-dancer Will Gaines, live, 1995

Want more of Will Gaines? Here.


Playing (and talking) for friends, New York, 2001


With the Shaking Ray Levis, live, New York, 2003


“Laura,” 2002



Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much. Circumstances affect it so much.


Personally, I`ve found that the kind of thing that I like is going into somebody else’s area and not playing their music but doing whatever I do in their area.


I like duos with percussionists. I like the songs that percussionists sing.


You can’t always wait for a composer to write the music you want to play.

—Derek Bailey

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