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Derek Bailey

Derek Bailey
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Scrutables | Vortices and Angels | Trio Playing

Derek Bailey's death on X-mas day 2005 touched many people.
:: John Fordham's Guardian & Ben Ratliff's New York Times obituaries.
:: Peter Stubley's efi site contains much vital Bailey information.
:: A 1987 audio interview with Derek, recorded by Henry Kaiser.
:: A review of 3 recent CDs, by Bill Shoemaker.

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John Butcher and Derek Bailey first played (a duo) in 1989 at the Red Rose Club. Butcher then joined the 1990, 1992 and 1995 Company weeks.

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.

Their duet (Guardian review) 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, released on Weight of Wax.

Moat Studios, London, 2000.

Derek Bailey / John Butcher / Gino Robair

New York City Jazz Review | Sunday Times | The Squid's Ear
all about jazz | Point of Departure | Paris Transatlantic | freq

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Vortices and Angels
Bailey / Butcher - live at the Vortex, + (Butcher / Davies - live at All Angels)

Jazz Times | all about jazz | Jazz Review | Cadence

"A probing, fast, and 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, the near-bottomless depth of Butcher's arsenal of devices becomes increasingly, almost frighteningly clear.
This must be counted one of the best things either man has recorded in the past decade."
Nate Dorward - CODA

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London: 1997.

Derek Bailey / John Butcher / Oren Marshall

Hi-Fi News | Opprobrium | Hi-Fi News

"A reference point for any serious attempt to push music towards the future. And if that's not what 'jazz' is about, then, comrades - it's died on us."
Ben Watson - Hi-Fi News