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Bailey, Derek / Vertrek Ensemble: Departures (Volatile Records)

After only their first album as a duo, the Edmonton, Canada duo Vertrek Ensemble of Vadim Budman on electric and acoustic guitar & cornet and Ron de Jong on percussion, travelled to London in 1998 to record a session with legendary free improviser Derek Bailey, this album of open-minded, uniquely voiced and beautifully captured improvisation the result.

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Label: Volatile Records
Catalog ID: VCD002
Squidco Product Code: 26763

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Moat Studios, in London, England, on May 13th, 1998, by Toby Robinson.


Derek Bailey-electric guitar, acoustic guitar

Ron de Jong-percussion

Vadim Budman-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, cornet

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"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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"Ron de Jong is a Canadian percussionist, a member of Vertrek Ensemble."

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Vadim Budman is a trumpeter and cornetist, a member of the Canadian improvising band Vertrek Ensemble. He has recorded with Valeri Dimchev , Eugene Chadbourn, Vertrek Ensemble.

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track listing:

1. A Moving Part Of A Motion, A Discovery 10:46

2. More Nights, More Days, More Clouds, More Worlds 8:37

3. The Flesh, The Bone, The Dirt, The Stone 7:33

4. Canadians In East Penge? 7:43

5. The Steeples Of His City Clanked And Sprang 8:20

6. Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu 7:02

7. Stockwell Suite: Solitaria De Jong / Solitaria Budman / Solitaria Bailey / Solitaria De Jong 2 / Trumpets Of Brixton 11:55

8. Hidden 0:04
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"This must have been a fairy tale. Two young Canadian improvisers from Edmonton, Alberta (guitarist/trumpeter Vadim Budman and percussionist Ron de Jong, working together as the Vertrek Ensemble), with only one album under their belts, took a plane to London, England, to record a session with guitar master Derek Bailey. The session happened on May 13, 1998, and Departures, released on Vertrek's own Volatile Records, turns out to be a convincing album.

The promises buried in Anotherf Idea of North, the duo's first CD, have flourished into a strong form of improvisation, inspired by Eugene Chadbourne's sense of the sloppy and apparently incoherent and Derek Bailey's more introspective form of improvisational exploration. Budman and de Jong are less busy; they listen more. Budman's trumpet work fits Bailey's guitar nicely -- one can't help but notice that he didn't put his guitar against Bailey's, although he does play some on a duo with de Jong and, in "Stockwell Suite," a string of solos. The most memorable moments are the Bailey/de Jong duos, mostly "A Moving Part of a Motion, a Discovery" and "The Steeples of His City Clanked and Sprang."

Departures is a leap forward for the Vertrek Ensemble and it bought them an invitation to the 2000 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville."-Francois Couture, All Music

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