Produced and directed by Robert O'Hare. 51 minutes, NTSC all-region DVD: '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 friends - fixtures on the downtown scene - include guitarist Alan Licht, poets Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo, DMG proprietors Bruce Lee Gallanter and Manny Maris, and Stephanie and the late Irving Stone, to whom Bailey dedicated the video release.' 'It was a casual evening and a casual performance as well. Bailey seems to be working through ideas, finding little nuances and sitting on them, working through suggestions before strolling along other paths. The single-camera footage, focused tightly on the guitarist, is presented with few edits and nicely augmented with various post-production effects: full screen and letterbox, color and warm sepia halftones and 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.' labelinfo
soon in stock - please pre-order | 2002| STRAW2GOLD PICTURES | 20.90

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