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"Fairly Early With Postscripts is meant to be a scrapbook of Derek Bailey's activities from 1971 to 1998. Most of the material included on this CD had been previously released on hard-to-find LPs (mostly on the label Emanem) and f...

Bailey, Derek
Fairly Early with Postscripts

Bailey, Derek: Fairly Early with Postscripts (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Fairly Early With Postscripts is meant to be a scrapbook of Derek Bailey's activities from 1971 to 1998. Most of the material included on this CD had been previously released on hard-to-find LPs (mostly on the label Emanem) and features the guitarist solo.

"Six Fairly Early Pieces" (1971), a suite of very sharp performances on amplified guitar with volume pedal, remains the best and most significant moment of the album. There are a couple versions of "Rehearsal Extract" with Anthony Braxton, where Bailey plays a mutant 19-string guitar. "Tunnel Hearing" provides a good acoustic solo performance. "A Bit of the Crust" and "A Bit of the Dumps" feature Kent Carter on bass and John Stevens on drums.

The two "The Last Post" tracks and "Postscript" are excerpts from cassette letters sent to label owner Martin Davidson and date back to 1979 and 1987. Bailey plays guitar while commenting on various subjects, including Margaret Thatcher's politics (more personal parts have been edited out). Before this CD was completed, Bailey went into the studio to record a short "Post Postscript," the only track from the 1990s, where he brings an update on previous subjects (this one is very funny).

Clearly not an essential item, Fairly Early With Postscripts will please the collector or longtime lover of Bailey's music and personality."-Francois Couture

"Derek Bailey (29 January 1930 - 25 December 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement.

Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third-generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, initially studying music with his teacher and Sheffield City organist C. H. C. Biltcliffe, an experience that he did not enjoy, and guitar with his uncle George Wing and John Duarte. As an adult he worked as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including Morecambe and Wise, Gracie Fields, Bob Monkhouse and Kathy Kirby, and on television programs such as Opportunity Knocks. Bailey's earliest foray into 'what could be called free improvised music' was in 1953 with two other guitarists in their shared flat in Glasgow. He was also part of a Sheffield-based trio founded in 1963 with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars called "Joseph Holbrooke" (named after the composer, whose work they never actually played). Although originally performing relatively "conventional" modal, harmonic jazz this group became increasingly free in direction.

Bailey moved to London in 1966, frequenting the Little Theatre Club run by drummer John Stevens. Here he met many other like-minded musicians, such as saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpet player Kenny Wheeler and double bass player Dave Holland. These players often collaborated under the umbrella name of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, recording the seminal album Karyobin for Island Records in 1968. In this year Bailey also formed the Music Improvisation Company with Parker, percussionist Jamie Muir and Hugh Davies on homemade electronics, a project that continued until 1971. He was also a member of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra and Iskra 1903, a trio with double-bass player Barry Guy and tromboneist Paul Rutherford that was named after a newspaper published by the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

In 1970, Bailey founded the record label Incus with Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters. It proved influential as the first musician-owned independent label in the UK. Oxley and Walters left early on; Parker and Bailey continued as co-directors until the mid-1980s, when friction between the men led to Parker's departure. Bailey continued the label with his partner Karen Brookman until his death in 2005[citation needed].

Along with a number of other musicians, Bailey was a co-founder of Musics magazine in 1975. This was described as "an impromental experivisation arts magazine" and circulated through a network of like-minded record shops, arguably becoming one of the most significant jazz publications of the second half of the 1970s, and instrumental in the foundation of the London Musicians Collective.

1976 saw Bailey instigate Company, an ever-changing collection of like-minded improvisors, which at various times has included Anthony Braxton, Tristan Honsinger, Misha Mengelberg, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Steve Beresford, Steve Lacy, Johnny Dyani, Leo Smith, Han Bennink, Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser, John Zorn, Buckethead and many others. Company Week, an annual week-long free improvisational festival organised by Bailey, ran until 1994.

In 1980, he wrote the book Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice. This was adapted by UK's Channel 4 into a four-part TV series in the early '90s, edited and narrated by Bailey.

Bailey died in London on Christmas Day, 2005. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease."

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243402724

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4027
Squidco Product Code: 18406

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
1: 1971 July 26

2-4: 1974 June 29

5-7: 1980 May 28

8: 1987 February

9-10: 1973 July 30

11-12: 1979 May 2

13: 1987 June 12

14: 1998 October 20


Derek Bailey-acoustic guitar, electric guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Six Fairly Early Pieces 12:28

2. In Whose Tradition ? 0:40

3. Rehearsal Extract - Area 7 3:23

4. Rehearsal Extract - Area 8 6:51

5. Tunnel Hearing 7:22

6. 10% Extra Free 3:30

7. 20% Extra Free 3:53

8. Self-Erasing 0:20

9. A Bit Of The Crust 2:29

10. A Bit Of The Dumps 3:38

11. The Last Post - Morning 7:45

12. The Last Post - Afternoon 8:27

13. Postcript 2:52

14. Post Postcript 3:49