Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Derek Bailey / Han Bennink - ICP 004

ICP 004
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.


gut January 31, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Actually they made four duo-records. First is this, second is the Live at Verity's on Incus, third is Company 3, also on Incus, and the fourth is a CD-release, again on Incus, called Han.

gut January 31, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

Oh I forgot, thanks for this, it's one hell of a record. One of the best improv-records ever.

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