Derek Bailey
Ballads


4.5
superb

Review

by YakNips USER (39 Reviews)
September 11th, 2016 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fragments of beauty that shine through...

Even as Bailey gently introduces the melody to "Laura", there is an apparent frailty holding together the piece's tonality. There is palpable irony in a legendary free improviser opening his album with a standard that's been recorded over four-hundred times, but it is Bailey's idiosyncratic approach to the guitar that not only allows these aged classics, but welcomes them, like an old friend. The way he effortlessly flows between passages riddled with obscure harmonics and caterwauling picked attacks into traditionally gorgeous jazz harmony is something to behold. The spontaneity of his technique coupled with his absolute mastery of the instrument allows these tender standards to travel into uncharted territory, the way he positively dissects "Stella By Starlight" is more breath-taking upon each listen. The sentimentality he coaxes out of these simple melodies is heartrending, although it is not what makes up the majority of this album. Bailey occupies a wide vocabulary on his acoustic guitar and elects to remain in his non-idiomatic territory more often than not, although fans of avant-garde or atonal music will find his remarkable improvisations easy to digest.



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YakNips
September 11th 2016


19392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tried my hand at writing a shorter review.. feedback appreciated as always

demigod!
September 11th 2016


49295 Comments


nice lil review yak, can't offer much useful criticism but it piqued my interest a bit.

idk how much i'd dig this but yea cool

YakNips
September 11th 2016


19392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks demi, it's some of the more accessible free improv i've heard so ya never know

laughingman22
September 12th 2016


2800 Comments


Don't know anything about this musician, but you make it sound real interesting.

iloveyouall
September 12th 2016


6319 Comments


this isn't a user project, this is not allowed.

YakNips
September 12th 2016


19392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aw shit ur right but i just hated that no bailey albums had a review..



thx erik, i can imagine you enjoying parts of this

BallsToTheWall
September 13th 2016


49137 Comments


Sold on review. Good stuff man.

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NeroCorleone80
January 29th 2017


34491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Standards is better

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2018


18196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

oh my gooooood

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sixdegrees
July 12th 2018


4369 Comments


39 Reviews

when/how did this happen

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2018


18196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

it did and

























imma review some Bailey brb

YakNips
July 13th 2018


19392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i wrote reviews what’s the issue



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