Derek Bailey Quotes

25 Derek Bailey quotes:

"In the absence of that, I am happy to play solo, but I don't think there is any comparison."
"I'm not much into current electronic stuff, what I think of as lounge electronics, mumbling electronics."
"I don't think it is any different from what it was, except that the method is now familiar so you can't set up some internal shock situation."
"But that methodology where players are pitted against other unfamiliar players has been so widely adapted now that anybody plays with everybody."
"I wouldn't want to be ideological about it but I think of it as being the best way to approach this kind of playing. I don't think it works in other music, other kinds of playing."
"I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me."
"Personally, I've found one of the more stimulating ways of playing in recent times has been to kind of move outside the free improvised area and work with people who are probably improvisers but they have a particular way of working."
"Personally, I've found that the kind of thing that I like is going into somebody else's area and not playing their music but doing whatever I do in their area."
"I am reactive."
"The first Company concert was a single concert with a quartet who all knew each other, although they didn't play together regularly."
"Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much. Circumstances affect it so much."
"I don't research anything."
"Even if it is difficult playing with other people - sometimes it's great, sometimes it isn't, but that is kind of the point of it. It loses its point playing solo."
"In fact it's quite gratifying for me to see some of the people who really objected to this method of working now being quite so profligate in their use of it."
"I think playing solo is a second rate activity, really. For me, playing is about playing with other people."
"Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music."
"For me, Company is still the best way for me to work."
"I found that you couldn't use the same people anyway; there weren't that many people, so you'd be using the same ones over and over again."
"Nowadays, I really like playing in studios."
"I've always liked the effect of having somebody in there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on."

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