Company Vinyl, CD & tapes by Company at Norman Records

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Epiphanies I-VI

The first of two unearthings of the racket made by Derek Bailey and pals at his Company Week festivities in 1982. This is waaay out there improv experimentation which sees musicians like Julie Tippets, Motoharu Yoshizawa and George Lewis go into battle to see who can come up with the most ludicrous squeak. Faint hearted step aside, this is prime freeform improvisation with an all important humorous streak. 

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Epiphanies VII-XIII

Prime improvisations from masters of the genre such as Fred Frith, Keith Tippett, Derek Bailey and Ursula Oppens on this unearthed treasure where violin, guitar, double bass, flute and sax (the latter compared to a flock of geese) all vying for attention. The music is both ear hurtingly spiky and humorously daft as the musicians seemingly go into battle with their various instruments.  

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Epiphany

This double-vinyl captures the improvisatory magic of long-running outfit Company during a short residency at London’s ICA back in 1982. On Epiphany, guitarist and founder Derek Bailey leads a nine-piece group through a kaleidoscopic, freeform landscape that takes in moments of wild hedonism and stretches of calm ambience. 

Company
1981

This double-vinyl compilation upends a lot of suppositions about improvisatory music - namely, that it’s incoherent and hard-going. Long-running outfit Company, founded by guitarist Derek Bailey in the late Sixties, have always counteracted that, and 1981, a seven-track collection of previously unreleased recordings by the group, proves that point.