Derek Bailey & Barre Phillips – Figuring

They first played together at the Little Theatre Club, London, in the 1960's, and then not at all until the 1980's when their path crossed often: workshops and concerts in France in 1984, a tour of Italy by Company in 1986, in 1987 Company Week in London, a duo performance at Crawley Festival in 1988 and a duo tour, in 1989, in the North of England. These recordings were made during Company Week 1987 and at Crawley Festival 1988. 


Derek Bailey / guitar

Barre Philips / bass


a & b recorded at the Arts Theatre, London, on Tuesday May 12th, 1987 by Michael Gerzon. c & d recorded at Hawth Centre, Crawley, England on Sunday 4th September 1988 by Michael Gerzon. Post production by John Hadden. Cover drawing by Tony Monstrom. Photographs & layout by Karen Brookman. 

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a. Who's There To Know That You Passed 'em Around - 16:01
b. You'll Find My Theory Is Logically Sound - 16:23
c. Don't Save - 10:02
d. 100 Years From Today - 14:48

Derek Bailey

Derek Bailey was one of the most influential and adventurous experimental guitarists to come from England (Sheffield), evolving out of the trad-jazz scene of the fifties into the avant/jazz scene in '60s London. By the late sixties he was a member of the Joseph Holbrooke Trio, Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Music Improvisation Company which later became the amorphous Company under his leadership. These groups were at the birth and center of the British free-jazz scene. In the early seventies, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker started their own record label called Incus Records - one of the first artist-run labels. 

Although Derek played with members of the British free/jazz scene, he also forged relationships with a number of European players like Han Bennink & Peter Brötzmann, Japanese free players like Abe Kaoru, Toshinori Kondo, as well as American improvisers like Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and John Zorn to name a few. 

Derek organized an annual festival called Company Week in the 80's & 90's, which brought together a unique group of international improvisers from varied backgrounds.

"He was a man who repelled pretension, refused to be shoehorned into comfortable categories, and played amazing guitar." - John Butcher

"I do not subscribe to the idea that free improvisation began or ends with any individual. This only suggests that somehow the music Derek made was so individualistic that it failed to communicate anything beyond personal expression." - Eddie Prevost 

Barre Phillips

As much a composer as a performer, Barre works in the areas of film, ballet and theater. He has written music for numerous feature films – Robert Kramer, Jacques Rivette, William Friedkin, Marcel Camus… scores for ballet for Carolyn Carlson and the Paris Opera… At the same time he has continue his experiences in the jazz and contemporary improvised music scene. Barre has recorded over 175 records, 30 under his own name. His experience spans a wide range of musical styles, from Coleman Hawkins to Derek Bailey. His work in the 70‘s with John Surman and Stu Martin, „The Trio“, became a model in itself, and influenced many younger musicians.

He is constant demand throughout Europe, North America and Japan as a soloist and teacher. Besides many other musicians he has collaborated togehter with: Archie Shepp, Chick Corea, George Russel, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, Charlie Mariano, Michel Portal, Albert Mangelsdorf, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Guiffre, Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Ornette Coleman, Leonard Bernstein Terje Rypdal, Benny Golson, Pierre Favre, Cecil Taylor, Barry Guy.