American Fingerstyle Guitarist

New releases coming soon!

Several new Duck Baker releases are in the works, and physical copies of these should be available in the coming weeks. A digital version of the collection of swing jazz solo performances, I’m Coming Virginia, was released earlier this year, and the CD version is in production. Also, though the original idea was to bring it out at later date, Fulica records is now set to release Not The First Time simultaneously. This is a significant collection of material that dates from the 1970s and ’80s, most of which has never been released previously. It includes several pieces that are have not appeared on other Duck Baker records, as well as definitive remakes of some recorded earlier, and focuses on a period of Baker’s development that has been poorly documented.

At the same time, a budget release of a live recording with clarinet master Ben Goldberg is on the way. It was made at a house concert in Berkeley, California in 2004, with the two musicians teaming up for a program of Thelonious Monk tunes. The sound quality of this record is not the best but the music is very exciting. Play Monk In Berkeley will appeal to fans of Ben Goldberg, Duck Baker, Thelonious Monk, and modern jazz that depends on wide-open, spontaneous interplay.

We are also happy to announce that the Tompkins Square label has negotiated for the release of Plymouth Rock in digital format on that label, though the budget CD release is still available on the Fulica label from this website. It makes sense for Plymouth Rock to be in the Tompkins Square catalog because it is a companion piece to Les Blues Du Richmond, which appeared on that label in 2018.

Looking ahead, 2021 looks like it will be a bumper year for Duck Baker records, especially for people who like his more avant garde music. Three exciting releases in the company of other musicians are slated for release, on three different labels. The Mighty Quinn, which put out Baker’s Everything That Rises Must Converge in 2009, has negotiated for a collection of duos featuring Baker in the company of the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd. The music was recorded live in 2002 and 2004 and is about equally divided between wild, thematic improvisations and tunes by Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols, and others. Meanwhile, two Rudd/Baker duos that would not fit on the Mighty Quinn collection will be part of a collection coming out on ESP-Disk, the legendary free jazz label for whom Rudd made one of his earliest recordings (The New York Art Quartet, 1964). The new record features Duck Baker in collaborations with an impressive list of improvising artists: Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, John Butcher, Mark Dresser, John Edwards, Michael Moore, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, and Joe Williamson. Also due for release is Come On In My Cucina, a set of freely improvised duos, with guitarist Mike Cooper. Baker and Cooper have known each other since the late 1970s and worked together on occasion over the years. This collection was scheduled for release on the Confront label early this year but has been delayed until next year because of the pandemic.

There should be another couple of Duck Baker releases of Fulica later in 2021, including a collection dedicated to his solo arrangements of American fiddle tunes.

Thanks and stay tuned!