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Derek Bailey

g, eg, 1930-2005 GB, Sheffield
Musician of Jazz

b : January, 29th, 1930 (Sheffield) d : December, 25th, 2005 (London) Derek Bailey was one of the most influential and adventurous experimental guitarist to come from England, evolving out of the trad-jazz scene of the fifties into the avant/jazz scene in '60s London. By the late sixties he was a member of the Joseph Holbrooke Trio, Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Music Improvisation Company which later became the amorphous Company under his leadership. These groups were at the birth and center of the British free-jazz scene. Derek Bailey and Evan Parker started their own record label called Incus Records in the early seventies, one of the first artist-run outfits. Although Derek played with the best members of the British free/jazz scene, he also forged relationships with a number of European players like Han Bennink & Peter Brötzmann, Japanese free players like Abe Kaoru, Toshinori Kondo, as well as American improvisers like Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and John Zorn to name a few. Derek organized an annual festival called Company Week in the 80's & 90's, which brought together a unique group of international improvisers from varied backgrounds.

  • Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Improvised Music #1 on Improvised Music New York 1981 by Various Artists
Laura on Ballads by Derek Bailey
Third Stream Boogaloo on The Music Improvisation Company by Derek Bailey
What's New on Ballads by Derek Bailey
Improvised Music #2 on Improvised Music New York 1981 by Various Artists
Stella By Starlight on Ballads by Derek Bailey
Dragon Path on The Music Improvisation Company by Derek Bailey
Packaged Eel on The Music Improvisation Company by Derek Bailey
When Your Lover Has Gone on Ballads by Derek Bailey
N/Jz/Bm (Re-Mix) on Guitar, Drums 'n' Bass by Derek Bailey

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
KlinkerDerek Bailey & Company2018Album
Extracting Fish​-​Bones From The Back Of The DespoilerDerek Bailey, Greg Goodman2017Album
L'Astrolab (1994 02-1)Derek Bailey, Noël Akchoté, Thierry Madiot, Yves Robert, Daunik Lazro2016Album
Another Evening At Logos 1974 79 81 / Record OneMax Eastley + Logos Ensemble / Feminist Improvising Group / COUM Transmissions / Derek Bailey2015Compil.
28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982Derek Bailey - Joëlle Léandre - George Lewis - Evan Parker2014Album
The Complete 15th August 2001Derek Bailey & Simon H. Fell2013Album
Derek Bailey Plus One Music EnsembleDerek Bailey Plus One Music Ensemble2012Album
ScrutablesDerek Bailey / John Butcher / Gino Robair2011Album
WordsDerek Bailey2011Album
Close To The KitchenDerek Bailey & Noël Akchoté2011Album
This GuitarDerek Bailey2011Album
Tout Rectangle : Complete Derek BaileyDerek Bailey2011Album
More 74 (Solo Guitar Improvisations)Derek Bailey2010Album
Good Cop Bad CopDerek Bailey, Tony Bevan, Paul Hession, Otomo Yoshihide2009Album
Live At G's ClubDerek Bailey2009Album
A Silent DanceDerek Bailey & Agustí Fernandez2009Album
All ThumbsDerek Bailey2009Single
Out Of The PastDerek Bailey, Steve Noble2009Album
Tony Oxley/ Derek Bailey QuartetTony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Matt Wand & Pat Thomas2008Album
The AdvocateTony Oxley / Derek Bailey2007Album
StandardsDerek Bailey2007Album
To Play (The Blemish Sessions)Derek Bailey2006Album
DerekDerek Bailey / Cyro Baptista2006Album
Bruise With Derek BaileyBruise With Derek Bailey2006Album
The Gospel RecordDerek Bailey, Amy Denio2005Album
Carpal TunnelDerek Bailey2005Album
ThenDerek Bailey2004Album
Scale Points On The Fever CurveDerek Bailey & Milo Fine2004Album
At The SidecarDerek Bailey2004Album
Meanwhile, Back In Sheffield...Derek Bailey And Mick Beck And Paul Hession2004Album
Playing For Friends On 5th StreetDerek Bailey2004Album
In Concert & StudioDerek Bailey, Robyn Schulkowsky2004Album
HowdyDerek Bailey, Christopher Williams2004Album
FilmedDerek Bailey2003Album
The Music ... Hardcore JazzAbe Kaoru, Toshinori Kondo, Mototeru Takagi, Derek Bailey, Toshi Tsuchitori, Motoharu Yoshizawa2003Album
Under Tracey's BedDerek Bailey, Tony Bevan2003Album
Nearly A DFrode Gjerstad & Derek Bailey2003Album
Poetry & PlayingDerek Bailey2003Album
SoshinAntoine Berthiaume / Fred Frith / Derek Bailey2003Album
SevenDerek Bailey, Ingar Zach2003Album
Rappin & TappinWill Gaines & Derek Bailey2003Album
LimescaleDerek Bailey, Tony Bevan, T.H.F. Drenching, Sonic Pleasure, Alex Ward : Limescale2003Album
BarcelonaDerek Bailey & Agustí Fernandez2002Album
The Social/Science SetBruce Ackley, Derek Bailey, Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser, Toshinori Kondo, Larry Ochs, Evan Parker, Jon Raskin and Andrew Voigt2002Album
BidsDerek Bailey, Susie Ibarra2002Album
In ChurchDerek Bailey2002Album
Duos, London 2001Derek Bailey / Roger Turner / Julian Kytasty / Alan Wilkinson2002Album
Right OffCarlos Bechegas, Derek Bailey2002Album
15 August 2001Derek Bailey / Simon H. Fell2002Album
Pieces For GuitarDerek Bailey2002Album
SouthDerek Bailey2002Album
Visitors BookDerek Bailey2002Album
Live At Lamar'sShaking Ray Levis With Derek Bailey2002Album
Flying DragonsDerek Bailey & Min Xiao-Fen2002Album
BalladsDerek Bailey2002Album
Bailey / HautzingerDerek Bailey & Franz Hautzinger2002Album
Different GuitarsDerek Bailey2002Album
ChatsDerek Bailey2001Album
LlaerDerek Bailey, Ingar Zach2001Album
FishShoji Hano / Derek Bailey2001Album
Untitled ImprovisationsDerek Bailey and Michael Welch2001Album
The Appleyard FileDerek Bailey2001Album
0ReDerek Bailey & Eddie Prévost2001Album
Vortices And AngelsJohn Butcher with Derek Bailey and Rhodri Davies2001Album
Hello GoodbyeFrode Gjerstad, John Stevens, Derek Bailey2001Album
LOCationALDerek Bailey, Alex Ward2000Album
Live In Okayama 1987Derek Bailey, Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Brötzmann2000Album
MirakleDerek Bailey / Jamaaladeen Tacuma / Calvin Weston2000Album
String TheoryDerek Bailey2000Album
SongsKeiji Haino & Derek Bailey2000Album
Aida's CallAbe Kaoru / Motoharu Yoshizawa / Toshinori Kondo / Derek Bailey1999Album
DaedalDerek Bailey & Susie Ibarra1999Album
Arch DuoDerek Bailey & Evan Parker1999Album
PlaybacksDerek Bailey1999Album
Fairly Early With PostscriptsDerek Bailey1999Compil.
OutcomeDerek Bailey, Steve Lacy1999Album
DeparturesDerek Bailey & Vertrek Ensemble1999Album
Dynamics Of The ImpromptuDerek Bailey / John Stevens / Trevor Watts1999Album
No WaitingDerek Bailey, Joëlle Léandre1998Album
ViperDerek Bailey & Min Xiao-Fen1998Album
TohjinboDerek Bailey And Ruins1998Album
Trio PlayingDerek Bailey / John Butcher / Oren Marshall1997Album
Soho Suites (Recordings From 1977 & 1995)Derek Bailey And Tony Oxley1997Album
AndDerek Bailey / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble1997Album
Legend Of The Blood YetiThe Thirteen Ghosts with Derek Bailey and Thurston Moore1997Album
Takes Fakes & Dead She DancesDerek Bailey1997Album
The Sign Of 4Derek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Gregg Bendian, Paul Wertico1997Album
寄り添い合いし 秩序と無秩序の気配かな = Drawing Close, Attuning - The Respective Signs Of Order And ChaosDerek Bailey, Keiji Haino1997Album
The Sign Of 4 Vol.2Derek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Gregg Bendian, Paul Wertico1997Album
Incus TapsDerek Bailey1996Compil.
GigJohn Stevens / Derek Bailey1996Single
Close To The KitchenDerek Bailey / Noël Akchoté1996Album
LaceDerek Bailey1996Album
Guitar, Drums 'n' BassDerek Bailey1996Album
BanterDerek Bailey / Gregg Bendian1995Album
WillDerek Bailey, Will Gaines1995Album
Tout For Tea!Derek Bailey & Eugene Chadbourne1995Album
One TimeJohn Stevens, Kent Carter, Derek Bailey1995Album
SaisoroDerek Bailey And Ruins1995Album
HarrasDerek Bailey / John Zorn / William Parker1995Album
Drop Me Off At 96thDerek Bailey1994Album
Mountain StageDerek Bailey, Min Tanaka1993Single
WireforksDerek Bailey & Henry Kaiser1993Album
PlayingDerek Bailey / John Stevens1993Album
1/28 Silverfish MacronixDerek Bailey & Ben Watson1993Single
New Year Messages 1-4Derek Bailey1993Single
Village LifeLouis Moholo / Thebe Lipere / Derek Bailey1992Album
Solo Guitar Volume 2Derek Bailey1992Album
Improvised Music New York 1981Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes1992Album
FiguringBarre Phillips / Derek Bailey1990Album
Pleistozaen Mit WasserCecil Taylor & Derek Bailey1989Album
CyroDerek Bailey & Cyro Baptista1988Album
In Whose Tradition?Derek Bailey1987Album
Moment PrécieuxAnthony Braxton, Derek Bailey1987Album
CompatiblesDerek Bailey, Evan Parker1986Album
Notes: Solo Guitar ImprovisationsDerek Bailey1985Album
Royal Volume 1Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey1984Album
YankeesDerek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn1983Album
Metalanguage Festival Of Improvised Music 1980 - Volume 2: The Science SetDerek Bailey, Evan Parker, Henry Kaiser, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Greg Goodman, Toshinori Kondo, Andrew Voigt1981Album
Views From 6 WindowsDerek Bailey & Christine Jeffrey1981Album
PISA 1980: Improvisors' SymposiumMaarten Altena / Derek Bailey / Barry Guy / George Lewis / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Evan Parker / Paul Rutherford / Giancarlo Schiaffini / Philipp Wachsmann1981Album
Dart DrugDerek Bailey / Jamie Muir1981Album
Idylle Und KatastrophenSven-Åke Johansson / Alexander von Schlippenbach / Derek Bailey / Günter Christmann / Wolfgang Fuchs / Paul Lovens / Candace Natvig / Maarten Altena1980Album
AidaDerek Bailey1980Album
New Sights, Old Sounds / Solo LiveDerek Bailey1979Album
Domestic & Public Pieces - Solo Guitar Improvisations (1975-6)Derek Bailey1979Album
TimeDerek Bailey / Tony Coe1979Album
Duo & Trio ImprovisationDerek Bailey1978Album
GroupcomposingMisha Mengelberg, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Peter Bennink, Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink1978Album
SoloDerek Bailey1978Album
FragmentsMisha Mengelberg, John Tchicai, Han Bennink, Derek Bailey1978Album
DropsDerek Bailey & Andrea Centazzo1977Album
Derek Bailey Plus One Music EnsembleDerek Bailey Plus One Music Ensemble1977Album
DuoDerek Bailey / Tristan Honsinger1976Album
Guitar Solos 2Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, G.F. Fitzgerald, Hans Reichel1976Album
The London ConcertDerek Bailey / Evan Parker1975Album
ImprovisationDerek Bailey1975Album
DuoAnthony Braxton & Derek Bailey1974Album
Lot 74 - Solo ImprovisationsDerek Bailey1974Album
Improvisations For Cello And GuitarDave Holland / Derek Bailey1971Album
Solo GuitarDerek Bailey1971Album
The Topography Of The LungsEvan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink1970Album
Live At Lamar´sDerek Bailey, Dennis Palmer, Bob StagnerAlbum
The Sign Of 4 vol. 1 Statement Of The CaseDerek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Gregg Bendian, Paul WerticoAlbum
Live At Taruho November 19, 1987Derek BaileyAlbum
The Sign Of 4 Vol.3 The Balance Of ProbabilityDerek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Gregg Bendian, Paul WerticoAlbum
InterviewDerek BaileySingle
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