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Derek Bailey


Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, going on to study with John Duarte among others. As an adult he found work as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including Gracie Fields, Bob Monkhouse and Kathy Kirby, and on television programs such as 'Opportunity Knocks'. Bailey was also part of a Sheffield based trio founded in 1963 with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars called 'Joseph Holbrooke' (named after the composer, whose work they never actually played)


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Euphorium_freakestra: Free Acoustic Supergroup

Read "Free Acoustic Supergroup" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Thanks to pianist and director Oliver Schwerdt, the Euphorium_freakestra is and always has been a glorious experiment in organized disorganization. The double CD Free Acoustic Supergroup is the ensemble's seventh release. Schwerdt's experiments began with the single disc Ðal Ngai (Euphorium Records, 2004) and eventually the group's 3-CD Grande Casino (Euphorium Records, 2018). Ðal Ngai included ...


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Michel Levasseur Leaves the Building

Read "Michel Levasseur Leaves the Building" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

The run-up to this year's 39th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV, or Victo) has been anything but routine. First, it was announced in December that the City of Victoriaville had rescinded the festival's contract for the use of the Colisée des Bois-Francs arena as one of the festival's two main ...


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Mototeru Takagi / Kim Dae Hwan / Choi Sun Bae: Seishin - Seido

Read "Seishin - Seido" reviewed by John Sharpe

Seishin-Seido represents another heads up on the depth of the Japanese free jazz community from the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint as part of its partnership with Chap Chap Records. They raid the archives for a live date from 1995 in the southern city of Hofu, which actually unites two Korean musicians, trumpeter Choi Sun Bae and percussionist ...


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Ivo Perelman: Artificial Intelligence

Read "Artificial Intelligence" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

Do not be misled by the title: no bots or algorithms were involved in creating this album. While there have been fascinating experiments in improvisation with interactive software by George Lewis, Richard Teitelbaum and others, Artificial Intelligence is just under an hour of spontaneous human interaction by two of the most prolific and uncategorizable improvisers in ...


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Alex Ward Item 4: Furthered

Read "Furthered" reviewed by John Sharpe

Is there anyone else who doubles on clarinet and electric guitar? Multi-instrumentalist Eliot Sharp perhaps, but it is an otherwise fairly exclusive arena, one which Alex Ward has occupied since 1989 when he was already performing with Derek Bailey's Company at age 15. While the guitar remains his axe of choice for the rockier end of ...


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Joëlle Léandre: Zurich Concert

Read "Zurich Concert" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A solo concert by the double bassist Joëlle Léandre is a happening, an event of the highest order. She is very much like a writer or poet who starts with a blank sheet of paper, bringing to life characters and places seemingly drawn from thin air. Of course, like the writer, Léandre's alchemy is born out ...


Article: Book Review

Stefano Galvani: Augusto Mancinelli o della sei corde

Read "Stefano Galvani: Augusto Mancinelli o della sei corde" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Augusto Mancinelli o della sei corde Stefano Galvani 75 Pagine Guasco Editore 2022 La copertina dell'agile volume che Stefano Galvani dedica ad Augusto Mancinelli rivela visibilmente il contenuto e le motivazioni dell'autore. Nella bella fotografia, uno scatto dello stesso Galvani, preso a Fano nel 2003, Mancinelli è colto in ...


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François Carrier/Alexander von Schlippenbach/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Unwalled

Read "Unwalled" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Even if the plan is totally improvised, as is that of Unwalled. The album is the first meeting between Canadian alto saxophonist François Carrier and German-born pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. The free jazz pioneer Schlippenbach was the founder of the Globe Unity Orchestra back in 1966, and ...


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Dominic Lash / Pat Thomas: New Oxford Brevity

Read "New Oxford Brevity" reviewed by John Sharpe

For the potential listener seeing Dominic Lash's name on a record sleeve, there is the conundrum of which of his guises this might signal. While primarily known as a bassist, he pursues his craft across several areas, from straightforward free improv, as heard on Discernment (Spoonhunt, 2021), to composition based left field jazz, with his Quartet ...


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