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Terry Day – Sextet 2016

"Even though I was born at the start of the second world war, the images of the first world war of 1914-18 had a huge effect upon me as a child, & those images haunt me to this day. I mourn & have sorrow for the young men who were sacrificed in the name of that war. The lyric ‘Shook Up’ is an expression of the loss of life & the effect of war upon those that survived.

In this lyric, words & phrases of Elvis, others, & my own are used to convey the aftermath of war upon us. Equally, the images & events of wars appear in my lyrics as a consistent theme…’she runs screaming’…’the tanks roll in’…’blood splattered walls’...’for fear is fearful frightening for all when frightened men carve each other in’."


Peter Urpeth / piano
Neil Charles / bass
Adrian Northover / soprano sax
Joe Wright / tenor sax
Dawid Frydryk / trumpet
Terry Day / drums


Recorded live at Cafe OTO. Lyrics by Terry Day. Mixed & mastered by Peter Urpeth. Edited by Adrian Northover & Terry Day.

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1. Urpeth & Day Duo
2. Urpeth, Charles, Day
3. Urpeth, Charles, Day
4. Shook Up

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.