Barre III, 2012 (excerpt)
Running time: 2:54 / HD / black & white
Light and shadow are amplified and transformed by Barre Phillips’ improvisation, recorded in La Chapelle Sainte Philomène, Puget-Ville, France, October 2010.
Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Barre Phillips, bass
About the musician: Barre Phillips is a jazz and free jazz improvisation bassist. Phillips’ 1968 recording of solo bass improvisations, issued as Journal Violone in the USA, Unaccompanied Barre in England, and Basse Barre in France, is generally credited as the first solo bass record. A 1971 record with Dave Holland, Music from Two Basses, was probably the first record of bass duets. In the 1970s he was a member of the well-regarded and influential group The Trio, with saxophonist John Surman and drummer Stu Martin. In the 1980s and 1990s he played regularly with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra led by fellow bassist Barry Guy. In 1991 he worked with Ornette Coleman on the soundtrack of the motion picture Naked Lunch.