McDonas (solo piano) at Barking
Legs Theater, Dec. 6
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MOSTROM'S REVIEW OF LIVE AT LAMAR'S CD - Derek Bailey
/ Bob Stagner / Dennis Palmer
guitar pioneer Derek Bailey's current career phase - that of elder statesman
eagerly courted by and collaborating with a seemingly endless stream of
young players (as well as some unlikely veterans from other musical worlds
including Pat Matheny and Tony Williams) - has produced a glut of releases
in the last couple of years that could seem almost daunting to newcomers
curious to dive into the guitarist's angular, highly abstract music (remember
Anthony Braxton's still-accurate '70s description: "the most amazing
guitar player on the planet"). One good rule of thumb - if you ask
this veteran listener - is to start with Bailey's solo guitar albums and
group CDs featuring fellow musicians from free playing's "first generation"
- men like Steve Lacy, Braxton, Han Bennink, Evan Parker (this would include
the majority of releases on Bailey's own Incus Records label or the excellent
Emanem - yes, the label). And yet --- what a piece of luck to have heard
this excellent limited-edition EP, LIVE AT LAMAR'S (Shaking Ray Records),
27 minutes' worth of a 1999 restaurant gig in Chattanooga, Tennessee featuring
DB with latter-day Southern collaborators Dennis Palmer (synthesizers)
and Bob Stagner (drums) - sometimes known as the Shaking Ray Levis, one
knows not why. "Fine Food - We Deliver" on the grainy cover
photograph is indeed borne out, particularly at half point through the
superior second set ("Catfish Night"), when a standard-issue
free-improv noise climax (splang splang, thrumble rumble, wheeeooosshh)
subsides and slowly lurks into several rich minutes of almost cinematically
dramatic, dark atmospheres of noise: into the relative quiet of random
synthesizer comets comes Bailey (on amplified big-band acoustic), chopping
away at scumbly single-note runs, letting float long feedback hums while
Stagner percusses with scattered, quiet but portentious all-over spangles
and attacks - then the three heat up as Palmer's whirlwinds and ominous
cyclones spirit around the room, cut by Bailey's dry but tasty cigar-box
banjo runs; it's an atonal sound fest that makes perfect sense as music
- noise that rocks, literally.
--- ANTHONY MOSTROM of L.A.
Sept 22, 2003