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Terry Day – Sampler Taster

A selection of solo tracks from Terry Day’s archive albums featuring various instruments played by Terry Day and multi-tracking excerpt.


Track 1

Ansuman Biswas / voice, percussion.
Terry Day / bamboo reed flutes, percussion, balloon.

Track 15

John Russell / guitar
Terry Day / mandolin

Track 17

Davey Payne / sax
Charlie Hart / bass
Terry Day / drums


01 Ansuman Biswas & Day
02 Alto Star
03 Casio Comely Riff Foot
04 Sharp Star
05 Cello Slap 1986
06 “Tinsel Voice”
07 Piano McCoy
08 Alto Star 1
09 Cello Slur
10 Excuse Piano
11 Alto Sass
12 Cello Slow 1986
13 “Doesn’t” vocal
14 Luton P. jan 1981
15 John Russell & Terry Day
16 Terry Day Multitrack
17 Ommu at Eland 1970
18 Costa Lottee 1980
19 Sweet A 2nd take


Terry Day

Terry Day is a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s: an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet.

A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early ‘60s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio, focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of the band Kilburn & the Highroads, with Ian Dury. Sharing their interest in visual art and painting they both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the ‘60s he was also a pioneer of free improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.

He formed a duo with guitarist Derek Bailey in the late ´60s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble,The People Band and, later on, Alterations with David Toop, Steve Beresford & Peter Cusack.

Terry has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre. He now plays bamboo reed flutes, drums, recorders, balloons & improvises with his lyrics, prose and verse. Since 2000 he has been part of London Improvisers Orchestra. In recent years he has toured twice in both Japan and Brazil, and has performed with improvising orchestras in Malaga, Tokyo and Madrid.