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Bailey, Derek / Ballads
Album:Ballads Collection:Jazz
Artist:Bailey, Derek Added:04/2008
Label:Tzadik Records 

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Add Date:2008-06-01 Pull Date:2008-08-03 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2008-06-01 
DEREK BAILEY: Ballads
Tzadik, 2002

SOLO GUITAR – Truly unique set from a giant of free/experimental music, as he applies his creative chops to jazz standards and Tin Pan Alley ballads, twisting their lovely melodies into new, enigmatic shapes and using them as the basis for some startling improvisations.

Bright, ringing chords are juxtaposed with harplike picking, melting dissonances and forceful interjections. Melodic lines are subsumed by slashing experimentation. It's a remarkable, virtuosic display.

These tracks can be played individually or as a continuous set. Not much point in reviewing each one; all carry a similar vibe.

Fo's Picks: ALL TRACKS EXCELLENT.

[Fo] – 6/1/08

Track Listing
1.What's New 7.Rockin' Chair
2.When Your Lover Has Gone 8.Body And Soul
3.Stella By Starlight 9.Gone With The Wind
4.Melancholy Baby 10.Rockin' Chair (2)
5.My Buddy 11.You Go To My Head
6.Gone With The Wind 12.Georgia On My Mind
 13.Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone