Sunday Times records of the year 06 - Derek Bailey "To Play: The Blemish Sessions"

16.12.06

Derek Bailey died in Hackney on Christmas Day last year, aged 75, but his passing won’t stop his annual showing in this list for the foreseeable future. In the mid-1960s, Bailey was the most uncompromising of the European jazz musicians responding to the American avant-garde, and never stopped experimenting. To Play (SamadhiSound) collects solo acoustic and electric-guitar improvisations recorded in 2003 for David Sylvian to sing over on his album Blemish. Sylvian used three, presented here unblemished, alongside five other ceaselessly inventive flurries.

STEWART LEE



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