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Terry Day and John Edwards – Lyrical Excursions

John Edwards and Terry Day's third outing as a duo based on the vocalizing of Terry Day’s lyrics with just bass accompaniment. On a number of tracks the lyrics flow one after another without a pause between. The first occasion was recorded by Tim Fletcher at Foyles was lost, then found in John Russell’s archives, & now found again by Tim. The second was at Cafe OTO.


Terry Day / voice, bamboo reed flutes  

John Edwards / bass


Recorded at London School of Sound

Mixed and Mastered by AJ Pillette. 

Recorded at the London School of Sound studios 2015


Avaliable as a 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC


1. Troubled Times - 1:46
2. Shook Up - 3:19
3. Hermano - 2:55
4. Dong Wan - 1:39
5. Tis Sad - 8:370
5a Charmed
5b Vincent
5c Dirty Blood
6. Here We Go Again - 4:54
6a Paranoidos
7. Sweet Albert - 2:02
8. Too Late - 10:52
8a Smoke
8b Extinction Blues
8c Call Me A Phrase
8d February
8e Vagabond
9. Entertaining - 2:22
10. Songwriters Dream - 5:19
11. Other Being - 1:50
12. Three Mins - 2:38
13. Of Woman - 4:40
14. Dilly Leece - 18:25

Terry Day

Terry Day is a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s: an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet.

A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early ‘60s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio, focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of the band Kilburn & the Highroads, with Ian Dury. Sharing their interest in visual art and painting they both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the ‘60s he was also a pioneer of free improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.

He formed a duo with guitarist Derek Bailey in the late ´60s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble,The People Band and, later on, Alterations with David Toop, Steve Beresford & Peter Cusack.

Terry has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre. He now plays bamboo reed flutes, drums, recorders, balloons & improvises with his lyrics, prose and verse. Since 2000 he has been part of London Improvisers Orchestra. In recent years he has toured twice in both Japan and Brazil, and has performed with improvising orchestras in Malaga, Tokyo and Madrid.


John Edwards

John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.

"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment