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Baker, Duck (w/ Bailey / Beresford / Dresser / Butcher / Moore / Rudd / Ward / Williamson / Edwards (ESP-Disk)

An excellent collection of duos and trios recorded in NY, London and Stockholm between 1994 & 2017, between acoustic improvising guitarist Duck Baker with a great set of masterful collaborators including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, John Butcher, Mark Dresser, Michael Moore, Roswell Rudd, Alex Ward, Joe Williamson, John Edwards and Steve Noble.
 

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UPC: 825481506526

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 5065CD
Squidco Product Code: 30379

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at various locationd between 2002 and 2017.


Personnel:

Duck Baker-guitar

Derek Bailey-guitar

Steve Beresford-piano

John Butcher-tenor saxophone

Mark Dresser-bass

Michael Moore-alto saxophone

Roswell Rudd-trombone

Alex Ward-clarinet

Joe Williamson-bass

John Edwards-bass

Steve Noble-drums

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"Duck Baker is one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists of his generation. He is unique among jazz guitarists in that his repertoire spans the entire history of the music from ragtime through swing to modern masters like Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols to free improvisation. Baker's devotion to American music also encompasses more traditional forms like blues, gospel, and Appalachian music and its Scots-Irish ancestry. This catholicism has been likened to Europeans who perform the classical repertoire from renaissance through to modern music.

Duck was born Richard R. Baker IV in 1949 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He passed his teenage years playing in rock and blues bands before becoming interested in acoustic blues. Local ragtime pianist Buck Evans was a major influence on Baker's evolution. By the time he moved to San Francisco in the early seventies, he was performing the wide range of material heard on his first record for the Kicking Mule label, "There's Something for Everyone in America". In addition to developing his solo style, Baker joined a bluegrass band and immersed himself in the local swing jazz scene, forming a duo with guitarist Thom Keats and performing with such Bay Area luminaries as Burt Bales and Robin Hodes. Baker remains active in this music, leading a trio with guitarist Bob Wilson and fiddler Tony Marcus.

In the late seventies, Baker recorded four more records for Kicking Mule, including two devoted to jazz and the first solo guitar record of Irish and Scottish music. He also began touring as a soloist, traveling throughout North America, Western Europe, and Australia. He eventually moved to Europe where he was based for nine years before returning to San Francisco in 1987. It was also in the late seventies that Baker became associated with the free music scene, performing with musicians like Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn in New York and Bruce Ackley and Henry Kaiser in San Francisco. His associations in the 90's included the highly regarded Irish fiddler, Kieran Fahy, and the great traditional singer, Molly Andrews. As of 2002 he is involved in several other duos: with trombone master Roswell Rudd, bassist Mark Dresser, and guitarists Jamie Findlay, Woody Mann and Ken Emerson. He also leads a trio which includes violinist Carla Kihlstedt and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

Baker's solo recordings since 1980 have for the most part focused on his own compositions, which reflect the influence of the great jazz pianist/composers like Monk, Nichols, Randy Weston, etc. His pieces have been recorded by various other guitarists, as well as Irish and American traditionalists and modern jazzmen.His most ambitious record, "Spinning Song", which is devoted to the music of Herbie Nichols, got rave reviews in Jazz Times, Cadence, Coda, and the New York Times, and helped establish Baker as an important voice in the world of fingerstyle jazz guitar. Various critics named "Spinning Song" among the best jazz records of 1997 in Cadence and Coda magazines, and it placed high on the Cadence reader's poll of that year. Acoustic Guitar magazine dubbed it "one of the best guitar records ever recorded - by anybody." "

-Duck Baker Website (https://duckbaker.com/biography/)
11/23/2021

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"Derek Bailey (29 January 1930 - 25 December 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement.

Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third-generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, initially studying music with his teacher and Sheffield City organist C. H. C. Biltcliffe, an experience that he did not enjoy, and guitar with his uncle George Wing and John Duarte. As an adult he worked as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including Morecambe and Wise, Gracie Fields, Bob Monkhouse and Kathy Kirby, and on television programs such as Opportunity Knocks. Bailey's earliest foray into 'what could be called free improvised music' was in 1953 with two other guitarists in their shared flat in Glasgow. He was also part of a Sheffield-based trio founded in 1963 with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars called "Joseph Holbrooke" (named after the composer, whose work they never actually played). Although originally performing relatively "conventional" modal, harmonic jazz this group became increasingly free in direction.

Bailey moved to London in 1966, frequenting the Little Theatre Club run by drummer John Stevens. Here he met many other like-minded musicians, such as saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpet player Kenny Wheeler and double bass player Dave Holland. These players often collaborated under the umbrella name of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, recording the seminal album Karyobin for Island Records in 1968. In this year Bailey also formed the Music Improvisation Company with Parker, percussionist Jamie Muir and Hugh Davies on homemade electronics, a project that continued until 1971. He was also a member of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra and Iskra 1903, a trio with double-bass player Barry Guy and tromboneist Paul Rutherford that was named after a newspaper published by the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

In 1970, Bailey founded the record label Incus with Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters. It proved influential as the first musician-owned independent label in the UK. Oxley and Walters left early on; Parker and Bailey continued as co-directors until the mid-1980s, when friction between the men led to Parker's departure. Bailey continued the label with his partner Karen Brookman until his death in 2005[citation needed].

Along with a number of other musicians, Bailey was a co-founder of Musics magazine in 1975. This was described as "an impromental experivisation arts magazine" and circulated through a network of like-minded record shops, arguably becoming one of the most significant jazz publications of the second half of the 1970s, and instrumental in the foundation of the London Musicians Collective.

1976 saw Bailey instigate Company, an ever-changing collection of like-minded improvisors, which at various times has included Anthony Braxton, Tristan Honsinger, Misha Mengelberg, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Steve Beresford, Steve Lacy, Johnny Dyani, Leo Smith, Han Bennink, Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser, John Zorn, Buckethead and many others. Company Week, an annual week-long free improvisational festival organised by Bailey, ran until 1994.

In 1980, he wrote the book Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice. This was adapted by UK's Channel 4 into a four-part TV series in the early '90s, edited and narrated by Bailey.

Bailey died in London on Christmas Day, 2005. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Bailey_(guitarist))
11/23/2021

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"Steve Beresford (born 1950) is a British musician who graduated from the University of York. He has played a variety of instruments, including piano, electronics, trumpet, euphonium, bass guitar and a wide variety of toy instruments, such as the toy piano. He has also played a wide range of music. He is probably best known for free improvisation, but has also written music for film and television and has been involved with a number of pop music groups.

Beresford played in Derek Bailey's Company events and in the groups Alterations with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack, and the Three Pullovers with Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith. He was also a member with Gavin Bryars and Brian Eno of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.

Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians, including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, and Han Bennink. He has collaborated extensively with Swiss-American artist/musician Christian Marclay and is an active member of the long-standing London Improvisers Orchestra.

From 2010 he performed various pieces by John Cage, including Indeterminacy with Tania Chen and comedian Stewart Lee, and a performance with Ilan Volkov at The BBC Proms 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

He has also worked with a number of popular musicians, including Ray Davis, The Slits, Frank Chickens, Ted Milton and The Flying Lizards. In 2015 he performed a duoproject with the upcoming Norwegian singer Natalie Sandtorv at the Blow Out! festival in Oslo, Norway.

He was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2012. He is a senior lecturer on the Commercial Music course at University of Westminster.

Beresford's music and his teachings have inspired the musical community in the UK for over a decade. British songwriter and performer Katy Carr cites Steve Beresford's lectures on musical themes associated with Free improvisation, Experimental music, John Cage, musique concrète, Diamanda Galás and The Slits as a source of initial inspiration with regards to the creation of her debut album, Screwing Lies released in 2001."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Beresford)
11/23/2021

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"John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few.

He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.

HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), "Tarab Cuts" (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award) and "Good Liquor .." for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi."

-John Butcher Website (http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Biog.html)
11/23/2021

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Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

- Website (https://www.mark-dresser.com/bio)
11/23/2021

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"Michael Moore was born (1954) and raised in Arcata, California, USA. After absorbing music at home, playing locally and attending The College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, he moved to Boston to study with Jaki Byard, Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake, Joe Allard, George Russell and Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1977. After a year in New York City he travelled to Europe for the first time in the summer of 1978 to play with Available Jelly, the musical accompaniment to the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Since 1982 he has made his home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The early '80's found him working in the theater (Baal, Dogtroep, De Voorziening, Teo Joling, Mug met de Gouden Tand) and dance (Pauline De Groot, Katie Duck, Allessandro Certini, Shusaku Takeuchi and Virgilio Sieni) as well as various musical contexts such as Gijs Hendricks' Octet, Franky Douglas' Sunchild, Guus Janssen's Septet and Maarten Altena's Quartet and Octet. Later he played and recorded with the groups of Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Sean Bergin, Maurice Horsthuis, Georg Graewe, Klaus Konig, Burton Greene (Klezmokum), Simon Nabatov, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Ig Henneman and others.

In 1986 he received the Dutch jazz award, the Boy Edgar Prijs. In '97 Trio Clusone was voted #1 acoustic group (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition) in Down Beat's Critics Poll; in 2000 - 2002 Moore was voted #1 clarinetist in the same poll. He was also voted winner of the Bird Award from the Northsea Jazz Fest in 2000.

Since '91 his activities as composer and performer have been documented both on his own recording label, Ramboy, and others including hatART, Palmetto, Gramavision, Between the Lines and Red Toucan. His playing and writing are to be heard on more than 80 CDs.

His activities as a concert designer came to the fore in '93 with a commission for YoYo Ma's Carte Blanche at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; a three day festival (Moore & more) in Bremen, Germany; Clusone & friends concerts in Italy and Holland, and a three-day Available Jelly Festival at the Felix Meritus concert hall in Amsterdam. In '94 he organized three evenings at De Singel in Antwerpen with Lee Konitz, Misha Mengelberg, Joey Baron, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Feldman and others.

His more recent activities include performances with his 'Fragile' Quartet, Michael Moore Quintet, Jewels & Binoculars - play the music of Bob Dylan, Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the Magpie dance and music performance group, the Achim Kaufmann Trio, Benoit Delbecq, Oskar Aichinger (music of Carla Bley and Annette Peacock) and the Paul Berner band.

Michael Moore has a deep understanding of both the American jazz and the Dutch improvised music traditions, but his writing and playing are also influenced by music from other cultures. He has played Turkish music with Ogüz Büyükberber and Hüsnü Senlendirici, Malinese with Toumani Diabate, Keletigui Diabate and Habib Koite, Portuguese with Fernando Lameirinhas and Cristina Branco, and Brazilian with Rogerio Bicudo, Banda Mantiqueira and Paulo Moura. The musics of Sicily, Madagascar, Istria and Indonesia have also been particularly influential. He has collaborated with and been influenced by poets and poetry, dancers and other visual artists. Michael continues to write, improvise, play and prepare new releases for Ramboy and other labels."

-Ramboy (http://www.ramboyrecordings.com/mm.htm)
11/23/2021

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"Roswell Hopkins Rudd, Jr. (born November 17, 1935) is an American jazz trombonist and composer.

Although skilled in a variety of genres of jazz (including Dixieland, which he performed while in college) and other genres of music, he is known primarily for his work in free and avant-garde jazz. Since 1962 Rudd has worked extensively with saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Rudd was born in Sharon, Connecticut. He attended the Hotchkiss School and graduated from Yale University, where he played with Eli's Chosen Six, a dixieland band of students that Rudd joined in the mid-'50s. The sextet played the boisterous trad jazz style of the day and recorded two albums, including one for Columbia Records. His collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, and Steve Lacy grew out of the lessons learned while playing rags and stomps for drunken college kids in Connecticut.

Rudd later taught ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine. On and off for a period of three decades, he assisted Alan Lomax with his world music song style (Cantometrics) and Global Jukebox projects.

In the 1960s, Rudd participated in free jazz recordings such as the New York Art Quartet; the soundtrack for the 1964 movie New York Eye and Ear Control; the album Communications by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra; and in collaborations with Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Pharoah Sanders, and Gato Barbieri. Rudd has had lifelong friendships with saxophonists Archie Shepp and Steve Lacy and has performed and recorded the music of Thelonious Monk with Lacy.

Rudd and his producer and partner Verna Gillis went to Mali in 2000 and 2001. His album MALIcool (2001), a cross-cultural collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté and other Malian musicians, represented the first time the trombone had been featured in a recording of Malian traditional music.

In 2004, he brought his Trombone Shout Band to perform at the 4th Festival au Désert in Essakane, Tombouctou Region, Mali. In 2005, he extended his reach further, recording an album with the Mongolian Buryat Band, a traditional music group of musicians from Mongolia and Buryatia, entitled Blue Mongol.

Rudd conducts master classes and workshops both in the United States and around the world."

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11/23/2021

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"Alex Ward was born in 1974. He is a composer, improviser, and performing musician. His primary instruments are clarinet and guitar, and he has also performed in public and on recordings on alto sax, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and as a vocalist. He was based in Oxford from 1992-2000, and since then has lived in London.

His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. As an improviser, he was initially principally a clarinettist (sometimes also playing alto sax), but since 2000 he has also been active as an improvising guitarist. On both instruments, hIs longest-standing collaborations in this field have been with the drummer Steve Noble.

From 1993 to 2001, most of his activity as a composer took place in collaboration with Benjamin Hervé, mainly in the context of the rock band Camp Blackfoot. From 2002-2005, his writing was mostly done solo, and was primarily focused on songs. Since 2006, he has been heavily involved in both solo and collaborative composition, predominantly (though not exclusively) of instrumental music. Much of his writing and performing during this time has been done with Dead Days Beyond Help, a duo with drummer Jem Doulton. He also currently leads a number of bands including Predicate, Forebrace, The Alex Ward Quintet/Sextet, and Alex Ward & The Dead Ends.

He has been a member of many other groups including ensembles led by Eugene Chadbourne, Simon H. Fell and Duck Baker, and has also done various work as a session musician and in collaboration with other media. Since 2005, he has co-run the label Copepod Records with composer/performer Luke Barlow. He does the recording, mixing and/or mastering of most of his own music, and for many of the groups he plays in."

-Sites.Google.com (https://sites.google.com/site/alexwardmusician/biography)
11/23/2021

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Born 1970 in Canada, Joe Williamson has toured the world as a bass player in various setting and He moved to Europe in 1992 and has lived in Amsterdam, Berlin and London, and Stockholm. Projects include The Inconvenience, Trapist, Alex Ward and The Dead Ends, Tobias Delius 4tet, Weird Weapons, the Duck Baker Trio, King of Herrings, The Green Valley Players, Booklet, The 7 Seas Orchestra,The Wardrobe Trio... Past and present collaborators include Duck Baker, Steve Beresford, &c.

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"After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.

Between 1990 and 1995 Edwards was a member of three touring groups simultaneously: B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. During this period he also became an increasingly regular player on the London improvised music scene and performed his first solo gigs; he composed and performed music theatre with the bass and cello duo The Great Explorers, street-busked a lot and appeared at many more festivals in Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Czech, etc.

Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year. He has become regular player with Evan Parker, in many groupings, and with Tony Bevan, Veryan Weston, and Elton Dean, often in collaboration with Mark Sanders on percussion. He has become a more frequent player on the European (and festival) scene, appearing at Taktlos, Ulrichsburg, Nickelsdorf, Budapest, New Zealand and in the USA. He continues to work on solo performances."

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/medwards.html)
11/23/2021

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"Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.

In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book 'Improvisation; its nature and practise'. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins)."

-https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/steve-noble/ (Cafe Oto Website)
11/23/2021

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track listing:


1. Imp Romp 2 6:42

2. Shenandoah 6:18

3. Indie Pen Dance 7:51

4. East River Delta Blues 5:06

5. Ode to Jo 3:50

6. Duo for 225 Strings 6:20

7. The Missing Chandler 11:06

8. Tourbillion Air 3:55

9. Pope Slark 3:31

10. Signing Off 4:49
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"In his five-decade career, finger-style acoustic guitarist Duck Baker has played in lots of styles, from folk (real folk, such as Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes) to blues to jazz, in the latter genre particularly focusing on bebop greats, with whole albums devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. But he has flashed an avant-garde side as well, and of course ESP-Disk' was interested in exposing more of the latter work. This album of duos and trios with an all-star roster of players, mostly British, collects recordings ranging from 1994 through 2017."-ESP-Disk



"Duck Baker has long been widely regarded as one of the foremost practitioners of the fingerpicking style of guitar, but what makes him one of my favorite fingerpickers is his devotion to bringing life to wildly divergent but commonly neglected styles, and able to breathe life into all of them with merely your basic, acoustic six-string guitar. Baker plays everything from Scottish fiddle tunes and Irish jigs, to American Dixieland and far-out free jazz, or as The Village Voice puts it, "he can go from the Mississippi Delta to the rings of Saturn."

Baker's latest offering unquestionably resides nearer the rings of Saturn than Clarksdale, Mississippi. Confabulations is an odds 'n' ends collections of demos, club dates and private recordings stretching back to 1994, with Baker in almost exclusively duo or trio settings with a revolving set of almost exclusively British musicians. The plot line of collecting personal recordings made over many years with talented, like-minded friends is pretty much the same as it was for Ducks Palace (2009), only there are more partners in crime this time and thus, more diversity. While everyone involved here are excellent musicians, you could reasonably expect that this collection would be incoherent but it's far from that. Baker and his ability to instantly adapt to the even the most unpredictable of musicians is the glue that holds it all together.

"Imp Romp 2" is an intimate one-on-one with alto sax player Michael Moore and as the title makes clear, these guys are making it up as they go along. That's how you know the incredible depth of the telepathy between the two, not just in note choice, but a simpatico in the attitude that they bring.

Dresser plays an outer-reaches reading of "Shenandoah" on his bowed bass to start, but Baker anchors that lovely strain, eventually reeling Dresser into his orbit. The affinity between Baker and Dresser is again explored on "Pope Slark" and this time it feels even more intuitive.

"Indie Pen Dance" is a precious recording with a fingerpicking guitar icon paired with free jazz guitar legend Derek Bailey. The ideas just spill out from the two, strong musical personalities working together instead of against each other in an astonishing display of highly connective technique, instincts and gumption.

Roswell Rudd had been one of Baker's most fruitful partnerships and to hear Rudd's brash trombone contending with Baker on "East River Delta Blues" is a treat that never gets old. On "Signing Off," the always randy Rudd engages in some playful pastiche as Baker keeps things firmly grounded.

"Ode To Jo" is not experimental, it's swing, and Baker, Alex Ward (clarinet) and Joe Williamson (bass) swing with a contagious bounce. "Tourbillion Air" is the only quartet setting, with Ward, John Edwards on bass and Steve Noble on drums, and also the most recent recording, from only 2017. Together they create a sonic rainstorm with the delicate cadence of a symphony.

A conversation between Baker and pianist Steve Beresford frames "Duo For 225 Strings." As Baker states in his liner notes, it's not easy to improvise his guitar with a piano, but he feels comfortable doing so with Beresford, and it shows. John Butcher's portentous tenor saxophone sets the hushed tone for "The Missing Chandler," while Baker's precise fingerpicking serves as the perfect foil.

Unlike a lot of Duck Baker albums, Confabulations wasn't constructed around a certain topic or theme, it's just Duck Baker having fun with a few of his musician friends. The very notion that these recordings weren't made with a mind toward releasing them to the public might be the very reason why this collection makes a great entry point for the avant-garde side of Baker. You hear him - and his colleagues - playing mostly for themselves and the art of improvisation."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews


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The Locals Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton
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Disquiet
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Let the City Sleep
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Felix Quartet
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Holshouser / Bennink / Moore
Live in NYC
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Frequency Disasters (Beresford / Magaletti / Martino)
Frequency Disasters
(Confront)
Perelman, Ivo / Arcado String Trio
Deep Resonance
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Fragile Quartet (Moore / Fraanje / van der Feen / Hemingway)
Cretan Dialogues
(Ramboy)
Hemingway, Gerry / Barre Phillips / Michael Moore
Slips
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Keune / Lash / Noble
And Now
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Liam Noble / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
The Feeling Principle
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Ochs, Larry / Aram Shelton Quartet (w/ Nordeson / Dresser / Walton)
Continental Drift
(Clean Feed)
Alves, Pedro Melo (Johnson / Nunes / Dionisio / Risser / Dresser / Moieme / Alves)
In Igma
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Runcible Quintet, The (Metcalfe / Edwards / Magliocchi / Thompson / Northover)
Three
(FMR)
Trapist (Brandlmayr / Siewert / Williamson)
Highway My Friend
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Marks, J & Shipen Lebzelter
Rock and Other Four Letter Words [VINYL]
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Ward, Alex Item 4
Where We Were
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Ward, Alex
Frames
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Virtual Company (Fell / Wastell / Bailey / Gaines)
Virtual Company
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Watts, Trevor Quartet The (Veryan Weston / John Edwards / Marc Sanders)
The Real Intention - Cafe OTO concert
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Dunmall, Paul Nonet The
Interpretations of Beauty
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Lynch, Sue / Dawid Frydryk / Dave Fowler / John Edwards
Dial
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Company
Trios [VINYL 2 LPs]
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Vandermark, Ken w/ Butcher / Drake / Kessler / McPhee / Mori / Noble / Prevost / Rasmussen / Tilbury / Wooley
Unexpected Alchemy [7-CD BOX]
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Chadbourne, Eugene / Duck Baker / Randy Hutton
The Guitar Trio In Calgary 1977
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Entr'acte
Soigne Ta Droite
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Company (Bailey / Frith / Lewis / Parker / Oppens / Le Baron / Suzuki / Tippetts / Toshizawa / Tippett / Wachsmann)
Epiphany [VINYL 2 LPs]
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Threnody (Berthling / Kuchen / Noble)
A Paradigm Of Suspicion
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Burn, Chris / Philip Thomas
as if as
(Confront)
Bishop, Jeb / Alex Ward / Weasel Walter
Flayed
(ugEXPLODE)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Nicole Mitchell / Ehlrlich / GoGwilt / Dessen / White / Black / McLagan)
Ain't Nothing But A Cyber Coup & You
(Clean Feed)
Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith
The Sweetness of the Water [VINYL]
(Treader)
Thomas / Butcher / Solberg
Fictional Souvenirs [CD]
(Astral Spirits)
Parker / Trzaska / Edwards / Sanders
City Fall [2 CDs]
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
GGRIL [feat John Butcher / Isaiah Ceccarelli / Xavier Charles]
Facon [2 CDs]
(Circum-Disc)
Thomas / Butcher / Solberg
Fictional Souvenirs [CASSETTE]
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Carrier, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
Nirguna [2 CDs]
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Lowe, Allen
An Avant Garde of Our Own: Disconnected Works 1980-2018 [8 CD BOX SET]
(ESP)
Kraabel, Caroline
Last1 And Last2
(Emanem)
Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann / Hug / Mattos / Edwards)
Vulcan
(Emanem)
Rose, Simon / Steve Noble
North Sea Night
(Not Two)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Cat Jammers
Invitation To A Jam Session
(Chadula)
Bailey, Derek & Cyro Baptista
Cyro [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)
Brighton, Ian
Imaginings
(FMR)
Common Objects (Davies / Butcher / Davies / Lapelyte / Patterson / Thomas)
Skullmarks
(Meenna)
Bailey, Derek / Tristan Honsinger
Duo [VINYL-DAMAGED]
(Honest Jons Records)
Lehman, Steve Camouflage Trio
Interface [VINYL-DAMAGED 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Runcible Quintet, The
Four
(FMR)
Moore / Edwards / Prevost
Darkened, yet shone
(Matchless)
McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
Journey to Parazzar
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Bailey, Derek / Tristan Honsinger
Duo [VINYL]
(Honest Jons Records)
Bailey, Derek
Lot 74 [VINYL]
(Honest Jons Records)
Seen, The
Archive : Volumes Vi - X : 2014 To 2016
(Confront)
Noble, Steve / Adrian Northover / Daniel Thompson
Ag
(Creative Sources)
Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido
Stille
(Shhpuma)
Edwards, John / Olie Brice
At Iklectik
(Confront)
Remote Viewers, The
Last Man In Europe
(Remote Viewers)
Noble, Steve / Yoni Silver
Home
(Aural Terrains)
Suzuki, Akio / John Butcher
Immediate Landscapes
(Ftarri)
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Butcher, John / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
Last Dream Of The Morning
(Relative Pitch)
Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders
Go Straight Around The Square
(FMR)
Saint Francis Duo
Los Bordes De Las Respuestas [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Trio Kimmig (Kimmig / Studer / Zimmerline / John Butcher)
Raw
(Leo Records)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black)
Sedimental You
(Clean Feed)
Remote Viewers, The
No Voice From The Hall
(Remote Viewers)
Forebrace (Ward / Sassi / Horro / Doulton)
Steeped
(Relative Pitch)
Butcher, John / Stale Liavik Solberg
So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain
(Clean Feed)
Noble, Steve / Kristoffer Berre Alberts
Coldest Second Yesterdays
(Clean Feed)
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