Fred Anderson Anderson tends bar regularly at the Velvet
Lounge, which keeps him from being very active as a recording
artist. His few records are all worth seeking, however. For a
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sample of his work as a founding member of Chicago's
AACM,
see Joseph Jarman's mid-sixties
Delmark record Song For. As a leader, Anderson recorded several
LPS
for small labels between
1977
and
1983;
the most readily available of these are Another Place on Moers Music (quintet
with George Lewis on trombone, always a treat) and The Missing Link on Nessa, both of which
showcase his marvelous, husky tone and rich sense of melody.
Derek Bailey One of the great joys of listening to Derek Bailey's work is that so often it
introduces you to other musicians you've never heard of, like teenage reed wonderchild Alex
Ward, who plays with percussionist Steve Noble on Ya Boo, Reel,
&
Rumble, released on Bailey's
Incus label. That said, Bailey' s solo guitar improvising is mandatory listening for anyone
interested in guitar, improvisation, or both. Two solo discs mark twenty years of solo develop-
ment; the first, recorded in
1971
(reissued with extra tracks), is beautiful and extremely noisy,
while the latter disc (rather poorly recorded) dates from
1991,
with seven elegant pieces
recorded sequentially in two sittings on one day. Earlier solo records include Aida (which
many Bailey fans swear is the best) , Lot 74, Domestic and Public Pieces, In Whose Tradition?,
Improvisation, and my personal pick of the pack, Notes. With his fledgling improvising ensem-
bles, there are excellent records available: The Music Improvisation Company
1968-1971
has just
been reissued on
CD;
the same group' s self-named
ECM
release is often seen at used stores.
Emanem records recently put out a couple of early Spontaneous Music Ensemble records,
though most releases by this group are very hard to find (despite many years of scouring
stores, I have a bunch yet to scare up).
SME
leader John Stevens drums fantastically on his
1993
duo disc with Bailey, Playing. Drummer Tony Oxley has a couple of impossible-to-obtain
records that include Bailey from the late sixties on
RCA
(Oxley's later Incus record sans
guitarist, February Papers, is utterly gorgeous). Iskra
1903,
a trio which used to include Derek
(now violinist Phil Wachsmann), alongside trombonist Paul Rutherford and bassist Barry
Guy, has an excellent double record set on Incus. Bailey's work as a duo partner has produced
many fine records-with Evan Parker, some of the most sensitive duo improvising you'll find
anywhere: check out their London Concert and Compatibles. With Anthony Braxton, Bailey
made several excellent recordings (Royal, Duo
1 & 2,
and Moment Precieux). To hear Bailey,
Braxton, and Parker in mix 'n' match sessions, Company
2
documents the second meeting of
Bailey' s nonfestival (all Company releases are full of interesting music; some, like Once, also
include some duller moments-such is the risk that improvised music takes to reach for peaks
of unforseen intensity). I highly recommend two unusual Company recordings: Fables and
Fictions. More recent Bailey records include a duet
CD
with bassist Barre Phillips (Figuring), a
trio disc with South African drummer Louis Moholo and African percussionist Thebe Lipere
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