Derek Baileys Improvisation , originally published in 1980, and
here updated and extended with new interviews and photographs, is
the first book to deal with the nature of improvisation in all its
formsIndian music, flamenco, baroque, organ music, rock, jazz,
contemporary, and free music. By drawing on conversations with some
of todays seminal improvisersincluding John Zorn, Jerry Garcia,
Steve Howe, Steve Lacy, Lionel Salter, Earle Brown, Paco Pea, Max
Roach, Evan Parker, and Ronnie ScottBailey offers a clear-eyed view
of the breathtaking spectrum of possibilities inherent in
improvisational practice, while underpinning its importance as the
basis for all music-making.
Guitarist Derek Bailey has performed solo concerts throughout the world, played with most of the musicians associated with free improvisation, and recorded over ninety albums. He lives in London, where he divides his time between solo performances; organizing and playing in Company, an international ensemble of improvising musicians; running his own label, Incus Records; writing; and ad hoc musical activities.
Part One Indian music (1) Indian music (2) Flamenco Part Two Baroque (1) Baroque (2) Organ (1) Organ (2) Part Three Rock Audience Jazz (1) Jazz (2) Jazz (2) Part Four The Composer The Composer and the Non-Improviser The ComposerIn Practice (1) The ComposerIn Practice (2) The ComposerIn Question Part Five Free Joseph Holbrooke The Music Improvisation Company The MICThe Instrument The MICRecording Solo Part Six Objections Classroom Improvisation Part Seven The Long Distance Improviser Company Limits and Freedom