on 24 December 2014
You wanna know what musically improvisation is? Here's the place to start.
Derek Bailey still is the leading thinker and practitioner of free-improvisation. His flinty guitar pretty much defines best practice in improvisation and his Incus label is a treasure trove of intelligent, beautiful improvised music. In this book Derek looks at where improvisation fits in with Flamenco, Indian Music, Baroque etc and puts this into context when describing later advances in improvised music.
The writing is clear (if a little dry in parts) with large chunks dedicated to the artists describing their practice in their own words.
Originally written to accompany a TV series (you can find some episodes on the amazing Ubuweb). Read this with Michael Nyman's Experimental Music to prime yourself on some of the most exciting music ever made.