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Verona 1987 [no label, 2CD]

Live in Verona, Italy; February 28, 1987. Fairly to very good audience recording. New to circulation.

In memory of Derek Bailey, who passed away on Christmas Day 2005.

Alan Wilkinson’s tribute to Derek Bailey:

I first met Derek in the mid-’80s in Leeds when I was running the Termite Club. He and Han Bennink did a fantastic gig for us at a pub called the Cardigan Arms (later released on Incus as Han). On another visit to our usual venue at the Adelphi, we all arrived to find the room double-booked. Without further ado, another pub within walking distance was phoned and the entire gig moved lock, stock and barrel up the road. Derek, landlord of new pub, audience, indeed everyone had a very memorable night at the new venue.

On these numerous visits to Yorkshire, the local musicians were encouraged to play by Derek, who made it very much part of his ‘raison d’ĂȘtre’ to check out new musicians wherever he went. It was as a result of this I received a gobsmacking invitation to play in a small Company lineup playing in Switzerland and Italy.

To an improvisor, that’s like being asked to join John Coltrane’s Quartet, The Rolling Stones, or something similarly momentous. The lineup included Derek, Barre Phillips, Ernst Reijseger, Steve Noble and myself. Ernst couldn’t do the first gig in Geneva and, over dinner before the gig, Derek suggested we start with him and Barre in duo and Steve and I in duo. I suggested we start with a quartet, since I’d only met Barre five minutes before, but was, of course, in awe of his reputation. Derek’s immediate reply was, ‘OK, we start with Barre and Alan in duo and Steve and I.’ He always wanted to throw you into the deep end and enjoy watching you not drown, because he knew you wouldn’t. - The Wire

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Disc 1
Track 101. Untitled Track 01 19:01 (31.9MB)
Track 102. Untitled Track 02 22:17 (37.4MB)
Track 103. Untitled Track 03 2:15 (3.8MB)
Track 104. Untitled Track 04 18:54 (31.8MB)
63 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Untitled Track 05 1:19 (2.2MB)
Track 202. Untitled Track 06 21:04 (35.4MB)
Track 203. Untitled Track 07 11:42 (19.7MB)
35 mins

Derek Bailey (R.I.P. 1930-2005) - guitar
Barre Phillips - bass
Ernst Reijseger - cello
Alan Wilkinson - saxophones
Steve Noble - drums, percussion

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  1. 3 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: DEREK BAILEY - VERONA 1987”

  2. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Bailey has been gone. This is a good set with some top notch fellow improvisers. Good to hear Phillips in particular. Thanks a lot.

    By treborij on Dec 29, 2015

  3. Hi. Mark Wastell has just sent me a link to this. Didn’t know a recording of this gig was in exsistence! Would be great to hear it after all these years, any chance of a copy. Alan

    By Alan Wilkinson on Jul 10, 2017

  4. Sorry. Just realised it’s a free download!! Look forward to a listen.

    By Alan Wilkinson on Jul 10, 2017

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