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Tuesday, 1 May 2007 INDEX
A to Z of famous people from Yorkshire
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January 29 1930 - fl. 2007
Derek Bailey biography
Derek Bailey is a free improvising avant-garde guitarist, who started out as a guitarist in clubs, radio, and dance halls, before playing in the Sheffield trio "Joseph Holbrooke" with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars. Although originally performing relatively traditional jazz, the trio became increasingly free in direction.
In 1966, Bailey moved to London, where he met many like-minded musicians, including Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, John Stevens, Barry Guy and Dave Holland, occasionally collaborating under the umbrella name "Spontaneous Music Ensemble" (or "S.M.E.", as they tended to be known). In 1970, Bailey founded the record label "Incus" with Tony Oxley and Evan Parker, said to be the first Independent record label owned by musicians. In 1976, Bailey formed ''Company'', an ever-changing collection of like-minded improvisers, at various times including Anthony Braxton, Tristan Honsinger, Misha Mengelberg, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Steve Beresford, Steve Lacy, Johnny Dyani, Leo Smith, and Han Bennink. In 1980, Bailey wrote the book ''Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice'', adapted by Channel 4 into a four-part TV series in the early 1990s, edited and narrated by Bailey.