Min Xiao-Fen is a Chinese master musician and she plays the pipa (Chinese lute). Derek Bailey (playing acoustic guitar here) is one of the fathers of free-improvisation. These two musicians are from different cultures, different genders, and different generations, but the improvisations contained on this cd are played by two minds that are always fully locked on to every nuance of what the other is playing.
This is one of the best free-improvisation cd's I have ever heard. Period. As much as I love Min in her other musical settings (and I do love her!) I keep hoping she will venture into the world of free-improvisation more often because she is such a force of nature in this wide open context. And as far as Derek's playing on this cd is concerned, I rank this cd up there with AIDA and WIREFORKS without hesitation!
Want a few favorite tracks? Well I'm not going to name any because this cd is consistently great, and to name my favorites would be too tough for me.
Hi, it's me again. I just realized that Amazon doesn't have any of the track's even listed by title. This cd is great and that's an injustice so I've decided to list the titles here, just so you can get a bit more of a feel for this cd.Bai Ha SheHuang QinZhu YeBa Qing YeWan Er WanXiang Qing QingSha FenZhu Shu