(Emanem)

Classic free music from two excellent conversationalists. No need to tell you about Bailey’s importance in new areas of playing, throughout his life; both on electric and acoustic guitar, his sound becomes better the more he gets older, getting free from the last remaining pieces of web to pick the occasional crystal in the sky. Here, his chordal approach transforms even the harsher dissonances into melting malt, a complete pleasure to listen to. Gjerstad’s phrasing is often very fragmented, trying to escape from cliches at any cost, always reaching a good compromise point between technical difficulty and freshness. He could sound a little frosty at times but you can detect a multitude of melodic electrons under the crusty skin of his talkative runs. This is a recording you have to doublecheck in order to get its maximum potential; it will be worth the time you put in there.

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