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REVIEW: Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation

Scott Thompson

Published: 2005-09-01

In this review by Scott Thompson, Ben Watson's biography of Derek Bailey is said to carry a singularity of vision which perhaps misses some of the other "stories" of free improvisation; nevertheless, despite this criticism, Thompson also lauds Watson's investigation of the Sheffield-based Joseph Holbrook Trio and Derek Bailey's relationship with Gavin Bryars.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag