Collection of Bailey duos from shows across London in 2001.
Alan Wilkinson / baritone saxophone, voice (track 1)
Derek Bailey / electric guitar (tracks 1 & 2), acoustic guitar (track 3)
Roger Turner / percussion (track 2)
Julian Kytasty / bandura, flute (track 3)
Track 1 recorded by Tim Fletcher on 23rd March 2001 at Flim Flam Club, London. Track 2 recorded by Tim Fletcher on 2nd March 2001 at the October Gallery, London. Track 3 recorded by Toby Hrtycek-Robinson on October 2001 at St Michael and All Angels Church, London. Post production by Toby Hrtycek-Robinson. Design & layout by Karen Brookman.
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1. With Alan Wilkinson - 30:25
2. With Roger Turner - 14:20
3. With Julian Kytasty - 13:59
Recently adding the bass clarinet to his arsenal there are few more daunting sounds in free music than Alan Wilkinson in overdrive. A stalwart of the UK scene for many years his reputation was cast in his trio with Simon Fell and Paul Hession from his Leeds years. Based in London since 1990 he plays regularly with the likes of Steve Noble, John Edwards and Pat Thomas as well as collaborations with Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Chris Corsano, Talibam!, Thurston Moore, and many more.
"At its highest points, this session unleashes some of the most preposterously powerful energy jazz heard since Peter Brötzmann's Yatagarasu trio with Takeo Moriyama and Masahiko Satoh" - Daniel Spicer, The WIRE
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
Over decades Roger Turner has brought the renowned volcanic power and finely honed precision of his drum work to ensembles that have often forged real connections with musicians both sides of the Atlantic. In addition he has worked extensively in the microscopic laboratory of the acoustic duo situation where he acquired a highly developed sense of detail and of dynamic control. One of that select group of world-class players who have collectively redefined the language of contemporary percussion. In Turner's hands minute inflections of tension can shape the group's musical direction and galvanise a new level of audience experience.
Julian Kytasty (Ukrainian: Юліян Китастий) is an American composer, singer, kobzar, bandurist, flute player and conductor of Ukrainian descent. His first studies were in the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, in which his father, uncles and grandfather played in and conducted before him. He has been a resident of New York City since 1980. He moved there to found the New York Bandura Ensemble, and began a career as a solo artist and bandura teacher. Julian holds a Masters degree in Composition, Theory and Voice from Concordia University in Montreal