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From Bailey's live recordings at The Arts Theater in May 1987, excellent groupings of players inc. Barre Phillips, Carlos Zingaro, Tristan Honsinger, Lee Konitz, Steve Noble &c.


Company: Once (Incus)
Label: Incus    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Company is a series of live recordings issued on Derek Bailey's label by a varying group of musicians who performed and were recorded over five nights in May of 1987 at The Arts Theater in London. As such, its pieces are titled: "Sextet," "Duo," "Trio 1," "Trio 2," and "Quartet" to denote how many performers were on each selection. Notable are the appearances of not only Bailey and Barre Phillips, who are stalwarts on Incus, but of Carlos Zingaro playing in a sextet with Lee Konitz, Tristan Honsiger, and Richard Teitelbaum as well. This "Sextet," which opens the record, is a stunner of restraint and beauty and is, for the most part, a lyrical exploration of the ambiguous side of harmony. There are shifting harmonics between the strings, the electric guitar, the bass, and the alto, with only Teitelbaum's keyboards to hold them all in balance with one another and to try to make something of the entire proceeding, which he does with their cooperation in a haunting, graceful, and heartbreakingly beautiful way. Also the quartet -- which features Konitz, Teitelbaum, Phillips, and percussionist Steve Noble -- is, for its 22 minutes, a stunning piece of work in that it reveals the depth of Konitz's understanding of the purely improvised form and how he in turn relates it all to the blues. He and Phillips wind around and through each other with such empathy and respect, it's positively moving. The other pieces are a gas in their own way too, but the aforementioned make up half the disc and could provide untold weeks of listening on their own before they gave up all their secrets."-Thom Jurek

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Product Information:

Label: Incus
Catalog ID: INCUS 004CD
Squidco Product Code: 11517

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1989
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded by Chris Clark, Paul Wilson and Michael Gerzon, May 12-17, 1987 at the Arts Theatre, London.



Lee Konitz-alto saxophone

Richard Teitelbaum-keyboards

Carlos Zingaro-violin

Tristan Honsinger-cello

Barre Phillips-bass

Derek Bailey-electric guitar


Steve Noble-percussion-bugle, &c.

Barre Phillips-bass

Trio I:

Tristan Honsinger-cello

Derek Bailey-electric guitar

Lee Konitz-alto saxophone & drums

Trio II:

Tristan Honsinger-cello

Carlos Zingaro-violin

Steve Noble-percussion-saw, &c.


Richard Teitelbaum-keyboards

Lee Konitz-alto and soprano saxophones

Steve Noble-percussion, &c.

Barre Phillips-bass

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Track Listing:

1. Sextet 12:17

2. Duo 13:22

3. Trio I 10:49

4. Trio II 11:17

5. Quartet 22:15