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Guitar Drums N Bass Import

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avant -- Koch --
  • ASIN: B0000058W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Guitarist Derek Bailey's career path is as perverse as his music is influential. Between the late '40s and mid '60s, he was a journeyman who played in dance bands and polite jazz combos all around England. Then he broke with his past to become a key exponent of free improvisation, developing a complex, harmonically rich vocabulary that is as important to modern guitar playing as Jimi Hendrix's work. Ever restless for new challenges, in the early '90s he began practicing along with jungle broadcasts on pirate radio, but Guitar, Drums 'n' Bass is his first recorded take on the style. The unlikely confrontation between Bailey's spiky abstractions and DJ Ninj's unstoppable beats might confound fans of both improvisational and electronic dance music, but it's a blast to hear. The guitarist splashes dense torrents of bent notes, delicate skeins of harmonics, and absolutely alien chord progressions over Ninj's stuttering beats and sparse bass figures. --Bill Meyer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrow on 15 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mention guitar music and a few names instantly stand out - Segovia, Wes Montgomery, Hendrix. In his own way Derek Bailey, now implausibly in his seventies, has had just as dramatic and important an impact on the guitar landscape of the twentieth century as any of those 'greats'. That his endeavours have taken place largely in the obscure world of free and improvised music explains his relative anonymity. His output has been varied and prodigious, however.
Of his many recordings Guitar Drums'n'Bass most readily achieves the status of pure fun. Bailey's warped, off-kilter and violently eerie electric sound blends and competes with the critical beats of DJ Ninja. This is joyously discordant, disarming, danceable and deranged music.
If you are unfamiliar with Bailey's sonic universe and want a CD to wreck the office Christmas party sound system, annoy the hell out of boorish metalheadz ("Oi, turn that bleedin' noise dahn mate!") or drive crotchety old Aunty Vera to an early grave, here is a glorious opportunity, dear reader. Indeed it must be the joys of the Season that called this little aural classic to mind after five years unworthy languishing in the attic.
Incidentally, the European Free Improvisation Derek Bailey page has up-to-date information, clips, concert news and resources. A one-off pioneer in new and avant garde music. "And is it jazz?" We can safely leave that one to the police....
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Format: Audio CD
A lot of people obviously like this CD, and it's certainly pretty unique. It will probably appeal to many with an interest in rock, especially those who find most of Derek Bailey's work forbiddingly difficult. However for those like myself who are fans of his free improvisations with players such as Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Butcher etc, and who don't like rock music, I think this will be a big disappointment.

For improvisation fans who want to hear Derek in an abrasive mood, try his Incus Records releases with the percussionist Susie Ibarra, or his releases on the Foghorn label with saxophonist Tony Bevan and others.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This albumn represents Mr. Bailey in top form. His guitar is jarringly strangled over the background of DJ ninj's headlong drum 'n' bass, this drives you forward even as Mr. Bailey moves into nightmare territory, a place you just don't want to be. If you want to hear challenging music with the ability to strike the fear of the night into you, look no further. Mr. Bailey, in his seventies, has the ability to disconcert you in a way that the likes of Maralyn Manson can only dream. Play it Loud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps Derek's best, in an unusual setting 23 Dec. 2003
By Robert E. Lloyd - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The processed drums & bass make this stand apart in terms of the overall sound, but it's Bailey's explosive playing that puts it at the top of his achievements. Think Sonny Sharrock, more so than Hendrix, but he transcends all as he pushes his strings to new limits. This is quite unlike the way he used to play with Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, et al. And not really at all like the nearly contemporary release "Ballads." Derek really shows his chops on this one. Those who have tried him before and failed to connect on his wavelength should try again. This is a remarkable work.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A musician always on the move 18 Jun. 2000
By "lexo-2" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you've never heard of Derek Bailey - and the chances are you have, or you wouldn't be reading this - then you ought to know that not only is he the most inventive and imaginative guitar player on the surface of the planet, he's also one of the finest musicians working in any kind of music today.
Which is not to say that he provides happy bedtime listening, although you could play some of his more reflective acoustic stuff as a prelude to putting the head on the pillow. Bailey pretty much reinvented the guitar during the late Sixties, devising an improvising technique that relies neither on pretty tunes nor a lulling backbeat. Every note counts. His music is a constantly shifting, twanging, pinging, humming texture of sound, which those who've had their ears tutored by a little exposure to 20th century classical music won't find utterly alien, but which fans of what is laughably still referred to as "jazz" may be disconcerted by. Mr. Bailey is now 70 years old and as creative as ever (as I can personally confirm, having heard him in concert last night), and his determination to play whatever he wants as long as it sounds good has seldom been so startlingly confirmed as on this album.
A few years ago he apparently started to play along with local drum'n'bass stations on FM radio, because he happened to find the energy invigorating, or something. John Zorn heard about it and put Bailey together with a young English DJ named DJ Ninj, the idea being that Ninj would programme some backing tracks and Bailey would improvise over them. The result was released by Zorn's Hip's Road label as this album, a manic, crackling clatter of repetitive rhythm and utterly non-repetitive improvisation. It spits energy out of the speakers and is the snarling, evil shadow of the kind of somnolent noodling that contemporary jazz guitar fans have learned to be indifferent to. (Hats off here to Pat Metheny, the only quasi-mainstream jazz figure who's had the guts to play with Bailey.) A thoroughly unlikely record, but a brilliant one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ferocious! 23 Jan. 2008
By lexo1941 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Some time in the late 1990s, improv veteran Derek Bailey took to practising along with local drum'n'bass radio stations because he liked how chaoting the broadcasts were. (The DJs would set up intense grooves and talk over them, ring for pizza etc., something which Bailey - who had a penchant for sending his friends cassette letters of himself talking while playing guitar) appreciated. When John Zorn asked him if he'd like to record an album, Bailey expressed a wish to record an album of his guitar over drum'n'bass.

A DJ was duly commissioned to record some grooves, which were sent to Bailey. Some of the grooves apparently had stretches involving keyboard music, which Bailey ruthlessly erased, preferring not to have to compete with another melody instrument. The result is a dizzying, manic spin through late 90s beats with heavily modernist and rather fuzzy guitar spun over the top in Bailey's inimitable manner - perhaps the most recent great power trio album.

According to his Bailey's biographer, the guitarist was not entirely happy with the grooves (provided by one DJ Ninj, never heard of by this writer before or since). He thought them a bit tame, compared to the stuff he'd been practising to. But there's nothing tame about the record, as mind-twisting an encounter between street music and the avant-garde as has ever been recorded. Highly recommended, not least because it's one of the few Bailey recordings you can dance to and one of the few drum'n'bass recordings that has really evil guitar.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beret wearing, cool-jazz, it's not. 28 Dec. 2005
By Daren H. Burns - Published on
Format: Audio CD
That guy below names at least 2, if not 3 guitar players who respect Derek Bailey, and have even played with him.(The first three) While his music is maybe not for everyone, there is no denying Bailey's impact on modern music with his playing and written works.

I mean come on, your comparisons are not only ignorant, but they are apples to oranges.
One of my favorites 30 Jun. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after seeing Derek Bailey perform live solo in Florida. I love the speed and dexterity he played with.. This is improvised! I was led to Derek Bailey by listening to Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, John Zorn, and their various connections, which then led me to Eugene Chadbourne, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, et al. To me, this album rocks!
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