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Terry Day – Sizzle

"Throughout my ‘Free Jazz’ period of drumming the sound of the Sizzle Cymbal provided the texture, pulse & ‘time-free’ nature of the music. The purring voice on track 17 hints at the ‘SIZZLE' sound of a sizzle cymbal.

Track 7 leads into a dedication to ‘VINCENT’ van Gogh whose life was plagued by loneliness & inner turmoil, and whose art and life have been with me since I was 14 years old. 

Track 1 could be my very first actual drum solo; albeit not on my own kit, and therefore the solo is an exploration of an unknown kit being played for the first time.

As with many of my solo recordings, some are intended to be over-dubbed by either myself or other musicians as they see possible." - Terry Day


Lyric: ‘Vincent’ by Terry Day. 

Music by Terry, except with Pat Thomas track 16 and Ted Milton track 5.

Mixed, mastered and collated by Tasos Stamou 

Avaliable as a 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC


1. Drum Solo - recorded 2012 - Cecil Sharp House London - Freedom of the City Festival
2. Toy Piano - Home recording circa 2000
3. Sanity - recorded at Dave Chambers Studio London 1985
4. Cello Solo - Home recording 1979
5. Ted Milton voice & alto sax / TD drums - Cafe Oto 2011. Mike Coops Birthday Bash
6. Flutes - Home recording circa 1974 
7. Balloons / ‘Call me a Phrase’ - Red Rose Club London - Kitty’s Festival 2005
8. Alto Solo - Home recording circa 1978
9. Bamboo Quasi Medieval Rackett amplified - home recording 1997 / Cymbals - Home recording 2006 mixed by Tasos Stamou 2013
10. Multi-Track - Toy Trumpets, Toys, Soprano sax - home recording circa 1977/78
11. Cello Solo - home recording circa 1977/78
12. Original Eaters - multi-track - drums, voice, Alto sax, guitar - home recording 1978
13. Bamboo Quasi Medieval Rackett amplified - home recording 1997
14. Cymbals - home recording 2006
15. Cello & Alto Sax - multi-tracked at Steim Studio Amsterdam 1978 & at Steve Broughton Studio London 1979
16. Pat Thomas piano / Terry Day Drums - Cafe Oto 2011 - Lol Coxhill tribute concert
17. Dear John Coltrane - piano, voice - home recording 1979
18. Home recordings - Soprano sax 1977 / Cymbals 2006 - Mixed by Tasos Stamou 2013 

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.