A welcome release of the session that Bailey recorded at the invitation of David Sylvian, for contributions towards the latter's `Blemish' album.
This is now documented as the last studio session Bailey cut. It should be noted though, that these are not Bailey's last recordings.
The music consists of six acoustic and two electric "plays", featuring Derek on top form. It's a refreshing and rewarding set.
Even though the agenda for this session offered a different challenge for the guitarist, it displays all the wonderful vocabulary, colours and characteristics that make up Derek Bailey's playful guitar style. Stark, bold, percussive, delicate, shuddering, shimmering, mellow and above all, a vital dedication to the process.
No words can really convey the effect of this way of playing. It is "of the moment" music. Better to listen, with an open mind, and let it wash over you. And through you. Maybe beyond.......
This is improvisation, and by its definition it is difficult to offer a regular critical analyses of the work presented here. You can find reviews by those who feel they have that authority elsewhere. You can obviously check out how Sylvian responded by hearing his own disc.
Despite the seeming poignancy of this release, it's Derek at work (and play) in February 2003.
If you're familiar with other solo works, you will find startling moments of luscious space and beauty within these pieces. Newcomers to Bailey usually find it a bit of a challenge at first. But, if you are willing to open your ears, there is much to discover . I couldn't recommend a better place to start....
Beautifully packaged as well!