DEREK BAILEY / HAN BENNINK
Instant Composers Pool 1969
Bonus Post. Those already familiar with Derek Bailey and Han Bennink should know what to expect from these two great free improv players, but this partnership really surprised me. I think this may be the first time they recorded together, but I could be wrong. Anyway, the year is 1969 so it pre-dates the only other duo between them by 3 years. This album is remarkably fresh feeling with both improvisers exploring space and timbre in a surprisingly sophisticated way. Layers of tonal space are deconstructed, broken down and twisted, chaotically into atonal dissonance – Bennink’s rolling drum beats shift from steady pulses to all out attacks, pushing Bailey’s dynamics in all kinds of directions. Semblances of structure are crushed over time, blown to pieces and disseminated by strong winds, loud, fast and energetic.