Jazz / Free Jazz
Previously unreleased recordings of compositions, improvisations, songs, lyrics & poetry from 1965 up to the present.
“Whimsey” is a typical home recording where we indulge idiosyncratic musical avenues.
"We both played the drum machine, and equally we percussed in rhythmical ways - and it would be Max bowing & Terry blowing on alto sax & Bamboo Reed Pipe." - Terry Day
Max Eastley / electro acoustic monochord - ARC, guitar, drum machine
Terry Day / percussion, alto & soprano saxes, bamboo reed pipe
Recorded in the 1980's.
Max Eastley and Terry Day – Whimsey
"The soft sound of the soprano sax lends itself to the Lament. Each piece on the album explores the sopranos natural lamentations & as such the influence of Eric Dolphy, Charlie Mingus...the sorrow of it all, is that man is a...the game is over & we are done…
The soprano lends itself to soft gentle ballads, the expression of sadness, sorrow, grief & the lament. This album seems to portray these sentiments. Slow ballads have been part of my repertoire as a songwriter & tunesmith." - Terry Day
1. CN9 Track 1 - 4:302. CN9 Track 2 - 1:573. CN9 Track 3 - 6:294. Lament 1 - 2:275. Lament 2 - 1:056. Skip - 3:407. Spain - 1:148. CN7 Track 10 - 2:339. CN7 Track 11 - 1:1510. Plaintive - 2:4011. Plaintive 2 - 3:2212. CN7 Track 14 - 1:2813. Gliss - 3:3814. Repeat - 2:0615. Gliss 2 - 1:45
Terry Day – Soprano Laments
Russell & Day regularly got together for afternoon sessions in John Russell’s flat in Finsbury Park London during the 1970s.
JR & TD first encountered each other at the Little Theatre Club. TD had been playing at the Club in the Late 1960s with the first generation of improvisers. Then in the early 1970’s the second generation of improvisers, inclusive of JR, turned up at the club. JR & TD were also members of Mal Dean’s ‘AMAZING BAND’, & toured Holland with Luc Houtkamp’s ‘CLIMAAT’
John Russell / guitar
Terry Day / mandolin
Recorded by Terry Day in the mid 1970s.
Digitally transferred from cassette to CD + mixed & mastered by Yadley Day.
Russell & Day
Contrast to the earlier ‘Free Jazz’ feel of OMMU music, the flavour of the 1980s music was a tendency towards a more rhythmical feel.
Davey Payne / saxes, fluteCharlie Hart / bass, violin.Terry Day / drums, piano.
Mixed & edited by Terry Day. Mastering by Charlie Hart.
OMMU 1980 – OMMU
"These alto sax recordings were made using embouchures that employed the use of my teeth in various ways resulting in a harsher sound, tone, expression & delivery. At times my teeth gripped straight onto the reed – be it plastic or cane. For example the titles of tracks “Teeth” & “Gnashers” reflect these techniques." - Terry Day
Terry Day / alto saxophone solos
Home recording by Terry Day.
Digitally transferred from cassettes, mixed & mastered by Yadley Day.
Terry Day – Timbres and Tonality
Recorded at the Paradiso in Amsterdam 1968 & Exit Jazz in Rotterdam 1969. Edited by T Day. Mastered by Charlie Hart.
The Paradiso gig is representative of T Day using two bass drums. The Paradiso was in Amsterdam, Exit Jazz in Rotterdam, the Eland Club in Delft, & Vrije Akademie in The Hague.
Davey Payne / saxes, flute, xylophoneCharlie Hart / basses, violin, marimba. Terry Day drums, alto sax, marimba Paul Jolly / soprano, flute (track 2).
OMMU – Paradiso 1968 Exit 69
John Russell solo guitar & The Amazing Band play Mal Dean's Benefit Concert - unknown location
John Russell / guitar
Radu Malfatti / tromboneMick Brannen / alto saxMarcio Mattos / bassTerry Day / drums, percussion
Somewhere Amazing Band – Amazing Band
“The Last Amazing Band” are recordings prior to and after Mal’s passing.
After Mal Dean’s demise this quartet became the very Last Amazing Band. Prior to Mal’s demise he had set-up the last Amazing Bands which subsequently produced five albums. There were differing personnel in the Amazing Band in the late 1960s / early 70s, all of which were Mal’s Brain-Child / Birdie. The People Band & Amazing Band also appeared & on a double bill, to which Mal commented that it was like Godzilla (People Band) toying with a precious flower (Amazing Band) in the musical exchange. Not sure where recorded or by whom, but there is a Big Subliminal Hum."
Radu Malfatti / tromboneMick Brannen / alto sax, mouth organMarcio Mattos / bassTerry Day / percussion, mandolin, balloons, toys, squeakers
The Last Amazing Band
"Derek was a regular feature at the Unity Theatre performing solo and in other combinations of his choosing and was possibly a template for his idea of ’COMPANY’. I´m not sure who the personnel are...it could be Marc Charig… am not sure……!" - Terry Day
Derek Bailey Band – Derek Bailey Band at Unity Theatre & Elephant Castle
"The AIR TRIO, or ‘SHAKUHACHI WEST’, only performed a few gigs at the LMC where the acoustics were ideal for soft sounding flute-like instruments that create a nebulous ‘airy’ sound and atmosphere. Over the years Clive & I have collaborated in duo, trio & other groupings, but with few recordings made other than a video with Ute Kanngiesser that appeared on my website for a while." - Terry Day
Clive Bell / shakuhachi, flutesStuart Jones / cello, trumpet, flute\Terry Day / percussion, alto & soprano sax, bamboo reed flutes
Recorded at London Musicians Collective (LMC)
Shakuhachi West at LMC – Shakuhachi West
Regarding the sound quality: “Part of the charm of the recording, & zeitgeist of the times, is just how distorted it is. Those early recordings had auto gain controls. So sudden loud noises flood the track……& the auto adjusts accordingly.” Mike Figgis (September 2020) The People Band and its small groupings regularly played and gigged at Wood Green Arts Centre. On this and many other gigs and occasions Terry would bring his son Paul Skoulas, who would play drums with the People Band & groups, as can be heard on the introductory passage of the music. This recording is amongst Mike Figgis’ favourites. Paul Skoulas plays drums on first part of track.
Mike Figgis / trumpet, piano George Khan / sax Charlie Hart / bass Terry Day / drumsSpecial guest: Paul Skoulas (aged 4 years)
Mike Figgis Four – Waiting for Albert
Coombes & Day formed a duo after the demise of the 4 PULLOVERS, and went on over the years to play gigs around London. There are very few recordings of their duo. They are joined for this recording by bassist Marc Meggido who lived in the same flat as Nigel. The stark economy of Nigel’s violin phrasing always created a space in which to reply, interject, counter phrase or complement.
Nigel Coombes / violin Terry Day / percussionMark Meggido / bass
Where – Helios
"After Mal Dean’s passing, this quartet formed the very Last Amazing Band. Mick Brannen’s mouth organ playing features on this recording. It’s a shame John Russell did not make the last Amazing Band gigs as he brought another colour & texture to the music."
Mick Brannen, Radu Malfatti, Marcio Mattos, Terry Day.
Amazing Band – Amazing Band Oxford
"A rare occasion to play at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on a Sunday afternoon, 1973. I do remember playing the cello in a duo with John Russell as part of the entertainment, and did have the privilege of playing with a Pete Lemer group with guest John Surman at Ronnie’s Old Jazz Club." - Terry Day
Mal Dean, Mick Brannen, Marcio Mattos, John Russell, Terry Day, Radu Malfatti.
Amazing Band – Amazing Band at Ronnies
In the mid 70’s, violin player Nigel Coombes and Terry Day formed a duo called Helios that was augmented at times by Marc Meggido and others who shared a house with Nigel. This is a home recording made in Marc Meggido‘s flat in Swiss Cottage in 1974.
Nigel Coombes / violinTerry Day / percussionMark Meggido / bass
Helios at Home – Helios
"Prior to working with Derek as a duo, I was in Derek’s quartet with Christine Jeffries vocals and Jonny Dyani on bass - this being one of my very favourite quartets. This recording from the 1970's follows a familiar pattern of musical events at the LTC. The first set would be a duo or trio. Followed by the duo/trio being augmented by other instrumentation in the second set. Thus it may be that this is a second set recording with other musicians augmenting the duo of Bailey & Day." Terry Day
Derek Bailey Band – Derek Bailey Band at LTC
In the mid 70’s violin player Nigel Coombes and Terry Day formed a duo called HELIOS that was augmented at times by Marc Meggido and others who shared a house with Nigel in Swiss Cottage, London. All these musicians played at the Little Theatre Club and at the London Musicians Collective.
NIGEL COOMBES / violinTERRY DAY /percussionMARC MEGGIDO / basspossibly HERMAN HAUGE / alto sax
Helios at LTC – Helios
In the mid 70’s violin player Nigel Coombes and Terry Day formed a duo called HELIOS that was augmented at times by Marc Meggido and others who shared a house with Nigel in Swiss Cottage, London. All these musicians played at the Little Theatre Club and at the London Musicians Collective. Helios also played at Battersea Art Centre. This home recording is from Marc Meggido‘s Flat, Swiss Cottage.
NIGEL COOMBES / violinTERRY DAY / percussionMARC MEGGIDO / bass
Helios Plus – Helios