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Live recordings from 1973-74 from the trio of drummer John Stevens, guitarist Derek Bailey, and saxophonist Trevor Watts, dynamic works performed "impromptu" with a wealth of ideas as these innovators demonstrate the skills that helped define them as masterful players.

Bailey, Derek / Trevor Watts / John Stevens
Dynamics of the Impromptu

Bailey, Derek / Trevor Watts / John Stevens: Dynamics of the Impromptu (FMR)
Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Imagine three scholars sitting under dim lights at a coffeehouse discussing world politics or social disorder? Dynamics of the Impromptu may imply such a scenario as three of the founding fathers of the British Free-Jazz movement coalesced at London's "Little Theater Club" in 1973 and 1974. Dynamics of the Impromptu represents previously unreleased material which signifies a flourishing and historical time for this endearing and important era of free-improvised jazz.

Bailey, Stevens and Watts perform 6 improvised pieces titled "Impromptu Dynamics 1-6". Impromptu is an elegant word indicating spontaneity or in musical jargon -"improvised". Here, the three masters immerse themselves in articulate dialogue through unconventional musical invention. Watts' spurious and at times briefly stated activities on soprano sax intersect Bailey's uncanny, totally unique chord structures, harmonics and ingenious thematic approach. The late John Stevens, well known for his cutting edge Spontaneous Music Ensemble is a true clinician here and proves beyond a doubt that he was one of the early innovators or stylists within the British Free movement. Stevens, subtle and intricate patterns keep pace through suggestion or rhythmic intimation, which contrasts textbook style meter and tempo.

These pieces run the gamut from whispery low key musings through enraging or boisterous call and response. The moods constantly shift and evolve as Watts, Bailey and Stevens purvey musical structures that defy logic. Emotions flare up as in "Impromptu Dynamics #6". Arguments or debates are imminent. The sensibilities of unity and collaboration resurface as the music seems to transcend conventional ideology or acceptable agendas.

Dynamics of the Impromptu provides a glistening snapshot of a thriving British music scene, which had initiated a campaign of renaissance spirit and anarchistic behavior enacted through music."-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 0616932200595

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 360-0913
Squidco Product Code: 18697

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Martin Davidson at the Little Theatre Club, Garrick Yard, St Martins Lane, London in 1973 and 1974.


Derek Bailey-acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Trevor Watts-soprano saxophone

John Stevens-drums, cornet

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Track Listing:

1. Impromptu Dynamics I 9:10

2. Impromptu Dynamics II 16:22

3. Impromptu Dynamics III 8:05

4. Impromptu Dynamics IV 14:41

5. Impromptu Dynamics V 9:51

6. Impromptu Dynamics VI 12:32

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