Bailey, Butcher, Robair

Moat Studios, London - by Peter Stubley - Bailey / Butcher / Robair.

Derek Bailey

After a few sessions at Derek Bailey’s home in Hackney, Butcher and Bailey played their first concert in 1989 at the Red Rose Club. Butcher then joined three of the early 90s Company weeks.
Other music making ranged from Saturday afternoons at the local Oasis Wine Bar, to a quartet with Robyn Schulkowsky in France, and a trio with Joelle Leandre at Tonic in New York.
A comparatively long lived grouping with tuba player Oren Marshall  released the album "Trio Playing”. A very short lived trio with John Stevens played at the Tenor Clef in ’93.
In 2000 Gino Robair joined them for  a studio session that produced the CD “Scrutables”.

Point of Departure - 3 Bailey CDs - Bill Shoemaker.

Vortex, London - 23 March 2000
Yorkshire-born Bailey was making a rare reappearance at the Vortex in the company of the free-saxophonist John Butcher.  A packed Vortex was grateful for this fleeting glimpse. Bailey and Butcher played the first half seperately, the second together.
Their duo was like the second half of a match in which both teams had suggested sparks yet to come. Bailey began with fast, upstruck chords and scrambling runs while Butcher played whirring, wriggling tenor sax figures. When they backed off, it was initially into blearier electronic guitar effects against sonorously extended tenor sounds, then a fluidity bordering on orthodox jazz time, then a strange march from the guitar which Butcher countered with flapping noises like a newspaper caught against an open window, then with banshee hoots.
The intensity increased, Bailey's rhythmic playing becoming furiously active, a tumult of splintering-glass noises, or sounds like hammerings inside a piano-frame.

Typically, this was not a conversation, in the way that the to-and-fro phrasing of a jazz jam often is. But a heated, full-on collaboration it unmistakably was.
The Guardian - John Fordham.

Scrutables
Scrutables
Bailey / Butcher / Robair
CD

Sunday Times / NYCJR
Paris Transatlantic / Jazzword

Vortices and Angels
Vortices and Angels
Bailey / Butcher
CD

Jazz Times / Cadence
Jazz Review / e-Pulse

Trio Playing
Trio Playing
Bailey / Butcher / Marshall

Hi-Fi News / Opprobrium
Cadence

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