Derek Plays Eric

Andreas Willers – el. guitar, Jan Roder – el. bass, bass, Christian Marien – drums

Derek Plays Eric: ‘A Suite Of Soaps and other assorted sceneries’ (Jazzwerkstatt JW236):
In this, our second recording, we set out to expand on the paradox cross-genre Derek (Bailey)-meets-Eric (Clapton) scenario towards an even more contemporary outlook on the mixture of generic stylistic elements of the day (mid to late 20th century that is), thus broadening the playing field of artistic diversity while staying connected to our common ground of creative interplay. The programmatic ‚Suite of Soaps‘ is distinguished by bending traditional harmony, usage of quartertones and polyrhythms, para-modal and free improvisational concepts interspersed with short musical motifs coined by heroes of the day – and one employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad of California. Same goes for the interpretations of some (at least to us) classic jazz, soul and rock charts. Hope you’ll have as much fun listening as we had putting it all together.DpE, Berlin, June 2023

Willers/Roder/Marien: Derek Plays Eric (Jazzwerkstatt JW188):
‚…as promised…fulminant.‘ Hans-Jürgen Linke, Jazzthetik (D) ✭✭✭✭✭
‚the freedom and power of avantgarde music reinformed to the tonal language and tradition of rock music.‘  ***** F. Bissig, Jazz’N’More (CH) ✭✭✭✭✭
‚the playing of German guitarist Andreas Willers is absolute killer on this recording.‘
P. Aquaro/freejazzblog, ✭✭✭✭1/2
‚terrific‘  Manfred Papst, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (CH)
‚marvelous yet sick.‘  Bruce Gallanter, DMG New York
‚somehow manages to embody the spirits of Clapton and Bailey.‘  Michael Ross, Guitar Moderne (USA)
‚enormeous musical knowledge and stylistic integrity‘  Lothar Trampert, Gitarre&Bass (D)
‚…an informed and healthy kick by three guys that have listened well.‘  Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy (D)
‚delightfully rough, cross-grained and punkified‘  Wolf Kampmann, Jazzthing (D)
‚a thoroughly strange brew‘  Rolf Thomas, Jazzthetik (D)
‚as intelligent as provokative, with relish and grit.‘ Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Fidelity (D)

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