Fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker was influenced by Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, recording these solo original improvisations plus 2 Ornette Coleman pieces from '77-'83 in London, Torino & Calgary, plus 2 duos with guitar madman Eugene Chadbourne.
Released in: Great Britain
"Duck Baker made his name as a preeminent fingerstyle guitarist in the folk/acoustic world, as one of several players of his age who expanded the fingerpicking repertoire from blues, ragtime, and Merle Travis-style instrumentals to include Irish and Scottish music, swing numbers and modern jazz. Less well-documented is Baker's free jazz - free improv style, something he began working on after hearing Sonny Sharrock in the 1960s.
Baker's approach to this music was also heavily influenced by people like Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, and took another evolutionary turn in the mid-1970s when he heard Derek Bailey and, slightly later, began working with people like Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, and Bruce Ackley. Baker saw this as consistent with his involvement with traditional forms, noting that, for him, people like Albert Ayler, Elmore James and Roscoe Holcomb all played the same music.
Apart from isolated tracks and one side of an early Eugene Chadbourne LP, this side of Duck Baker went undocumented on record until 2009. Outside helps fill in the blanks, with unreleased studio recordings made in Calgary in 1977, London in 1982 and Torino in 1983. A few of Baker's 'inside' arrangements are included for the sake of completeness, but most of the music is solo original pieces and free improvisations. Also included are two very adventurous guitar duets with Chadbourne."-Emanem
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Catalog ID: 5041
Squidco Product Code: 22215
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1 - 6 recorded in Torino, Winter 1983.
Tracks 7 - 14 recorded in London, Spring 1982.
Tracks 15 - 18 recorde in Calgary 1977 February 27th (?).
Duck Baker-acoustic guitar
Eugene Chadbourne-guitar (track 17 & 18)
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1. Breakdown Lane 4:13
2. Klee 4:36
3. Like Flies (Requiem for Bobby Fussell) 6:56
4. No Family Planning 3:41
5. Peace 4:11
6. Torino Improvvisazione 3:21
7. London Improvisation 3:33
8. Southern Cross 4:40
9. Holding Pattern 3:50
10. You Are My Sunshine 4:03
11. Klee 5:15
12. Like Flies (Requiem for BobbyFussell) 5:44
13. No Family Planning 2:18
14. Peace 3:29
15. Shovelling Snow 2:44
16. White With Foam 2:17
17. Mary Mahoney 6:16
18. Things Sure Must Be Hoppin' Tonight On Castro Street (To Bruce Ackley) 6:43