Scrutables | Vortices and Angels |
Derek Bailey's death at the start of 2006 touched many people. Some online responses include:
:: John Fordham's Guardian obituary.
:: Ben Ratliff's New York Times obituary.
:: Peter Stubley's efi site contains much vital Bailey information, including Richard Shapiro's
:: A 1987 interview with Derek, by Henry Kaiser, can be listened to online.
:: A review of 3 recent CDs, by Bill Shoemaker.
© peter stubley
John Butcher and Derek Bailey first played, in duo, in 1989, at the Red Rose Club. Butcher then joined the 1990, 1992 and 1996
Other situations ranged from Saturday afternoons at the Oasis Wine Bar in Hackney, to a quartet with Robyn Schulkowsky in France, and a trio with Joelle Leandre at
Tonic in New York.
A comparatively long lived grouping was with tuba player Oren Marshall - releasing
Trio Playing on Incus.
Bailey and Butcher's duet at London's Vortex in 2000 is on
Vortices and Angels.
In the same year they were joined by Gino Robair for a studio session, Scrutables, now released on Weight of Wax.
Derek Bailey / John Butcher / Gino Robair
Moat Studios, London, 2000.
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Vortices and Angels
Bailey / Butcher - live at the Vortex, London: 2000
(Butcher / Davies
- live at All Angels, London: 2000)
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The opening duet
is a probing, fast, and (for Butcher) unexpectedly loud battle of wits (or is it nerves?). Bailey uncorks some of his most exacting and fearsomely paced playing, forcing Butcher, ordinarily the most orderly of improvisers and by inclination a miniaturist, to think in terms of waves and convoluted tangles of notes. But as the improvisation unfolds over a labyrinthine 27 minutes, the near-bottomless depth of Butcher's arsenal of devices becomes increasingly, almost frighteningly clear. Even just as a demonstration of 'extended technique' it's an impressive performance, and overall this must be counted one of the best things either man has recorded in the past decade.
Nate Dorward - CODA
guitar, sax, tuba, London: 1997.