03 novembre 2019


La celebre Honest Jon's Records di Portobello Road a Londra sta (ri)pubblicando con lodevole impegno - non senza però qualche tiro mancino - diversi materiali archiviati in occasione degli appuntamenti fissati negli anni da Derek Bailey con la Company: tredici capitoli delle Epiphanies, per esempio, in gran parte inediti, distribuiti in tre o quattro volumi con la partecipazione tra gli altri di Ursula Oppens, Keith e Julie Tippett, Philipp Wachsmann, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Anne LeBaron, Motoharu Yoshizawa e Akio Suzuki. E altrettanto inedito è l'intero Company 1981, con Georgie Born e Lindsay Cooper, Jamie Muir, Radu Malfatti, Maarten Altena, Steve Lacy, David Toop e Tristan Honsinger.

One of the founders of Fluxus, Charlie Morrow injects blasts of Cageian fun into half the recordings here, whether blurting military fanfares from his trumpet, or intoning far-flung scraps of speech. Cellist Tristan Honsinger and vocalist Christine Jeffrey join in the joyful glossolalia, while Bailey, Toop and Kondo contribute delicious, delicate, hooligan arabesques, by turns. The remainder are performed by a different ensemble: Bailey, bassist Maarten Altena, former Henry Cow members Georgie Born and Lindsay Cooper on cello and bassoon, the insanely inventive Jamie Muir on percussion, and trombonist Radu Malfatti, showing his mastery of extended technique. Were that not enough, there’s the inimitable purity of Steve Lacy’s soprano ringing high and clear above the melee. Glorious!

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