Derek Bailey | Playing For Friends on 5th Street

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Playing For Friends on 5th Street

by Derek Bailey

Derek Bailey performs free-improv jazz compositions on guitar during an intimate 51 minute performance in New York City, as well as shares many anecdotes about his life as a musician.
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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.


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Lorne Hammond

being on 5th street
Only one person in the world ever played like Derek Bailey. If you were ever standing on the subway platform in NYC lulled almost asleep by the echoes and the distant murmur of machines, footsteps and steel on rail, and suddenly were Zen-snapped awake suprised by the roar of arrival and the door that opened before you and streamed life and light around you, then you're getting close to the way Derek stretched musical space, twisted perceptions of time and improvisation, and yet remained as casual and normal as a beer in the pub round the corner. 'Ello Lol. If you love guitar and want to know what happens when you leave Kansas and walk across the border you thought defined musics and performance, then you've bought this and joined a circle of friends.