DEREK BAILEY: "PLAYING FOR FRIENDS ON 5TH STREET"
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ROBERT O'HAIRE
51 minutes, NTSC all-region DVD
Release Date: December 22, 2004
Playing for Friends on 5th Street catches free-improv guitar legend Derek Bailey in an intimate concert for about 40 friends and fans on December 29, 2001.
The single-camera footage, focused tightly on the guitarist, is presented with few edits, nicely augmented with various post-production effects: full screen & letterbox, color & warm sepia halftones & stop motion lend to the more-than-front-row intimacy of the video. Bailey is at his best during the 51-minute set, which includes his telling a story about working in a guitar shop in the 1960s (accompanying himself as he does in his much sought-after "chats") and a few moments of traditional playing on the vintage Epiphone hollow-body he bought on Staten Island.