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To Play: the Blemish Sessions

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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Samadhi Sound
  • ASIN: B000GLL0XY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Simon Jackson on 15 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Reynell on 27 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is another must for all fans of Derek Bailey's inimitable solo playing. Beautiful as ever in its own angular, spiky way. Are there any more solo recordings out there which can be dug out and released posthumously? Concise crafted beauty. Buy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A unique portrait. 2 Oct. 2006
By Michael Stack - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Invariably, when an artist as well respected as Derek Bailey passes away, a flood of material seems to hit the market-- planned releases, reissues cashing on the perceived short-term boost in recognition, and sessions perhaps not intended for release, but with new material at an end, suddenly seems more relevent, more critical. "To Play: The Blemish Sessions" falls into that camp-- Bailey had provided David Sylvian with a set of recordings, about 45 minutes or so released on here, primarily on acoustic guitar but with a couple pieces on electric, from which Sylvian derived three fine tracks on "Blemish". This session presents that material unedited and without Sylvian's overdubs.

While Bailey's playing throughout can be quite enjoyable, there's definitely a hole in the music-- it's clear he'd intended this to go along with a vocal. "Play 6" for example-- there's so much space hanging around in this recording that I felt myself subconsciously filling in the spaces. In it's own way, this is a fine portrait to the genius that is Derek Bailey; a view into his position in the creative process and a chance to hear him in isolation for a recording meant as part of a collective. But while the music is certainly interesting from that perspective, it does feel incomplete.

My guess is that anyone reading this is going to purchase this regardless of what I have to say. Given this, I should state that I have no regrets about picking this up, but there's definitely a whole lot better by Bailey.
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