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Interruptions by Terry Day

Terry Day is one of those "marginal figures" in the world of modern music, one of those intrepid souls who make music with little or no regard to fame, fortune, other goodies & booby-prizes. Mr. Day’s chosen beat is the UK branch of the world of free improvisation - which, though it can and frequently is inspired by jazz, is not always jazz per se. Day has been a member of the obscure-to-most-folks UK bands/collectives the People Band (love that name!), the Four Pullovers, and Company, the latter being the best known this side of the pond.

Interruptions is a collection of songs, improvisations and pieces of utter strangeness it’s hard to hang a name on, spanning 1978-1981. Some of it sounds like primo Euro-squall free jazz (especially Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey, those cats), other parts like a teenage Harry Partch, still other parts sound like the most experimental, way-beyond verse-chorus-verse wing of the UK’s post-punk scene, i.e., Nurse With Wound, This Heat, and Dome (albeit in miniature). Sometimes Day (mostly him, multi-tracked) sounds like a fellow messing about to see what kinds of sounds/noises he can make.

Where the charm of Interruptions lies is within its impish, whimsical spirit - while some/many free improv outfits approach sonic sculpturing with the dreary, sanctimonious reverence of which certain critics reserve for subtitled art films, it sounds like Day is having fun (while applying a loopy, almost punk-rock "musical" logic). So if free improvisation is food & drink for you and you also like the barely-controlled mayhem of the Marx Bros. and/or Three Stooges, seek and enjoy this series of Interruptions.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Terry Day
  • CD Title: Interruptions
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Emanem
  • Tracks: 36 Tracks!
  • Musicians: T. Day (voice, piano, keyboards, alto & soprano saxophones, bamboo pipes, drums, percussion, cello, mandolin, home made instruments, balloons, toys, African thumb piano, Chinese flutes, plastic trumpet, & a Michel Waisvisz crackle box).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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