This album was finally released on disc late in 1977 after problems with the pressing plant were resolved, and several years after the original recordings were made. Derek's contribution came about as a result of a series of improvised music events held at the then Wolverhampton Polytechnic organised by Oliver Senior, a fine art student at the time who was also responsible for the recording, and percussionist Roy Ashbury, as part of a general attempt to create performance and recording opportunities for this music in the Midlands. Apart from the generosity shown by Derek (and also by John Stevens and Trevor Watts later) in agreeing to appear on NONDO recordings with lesser known musicians, it also presented an opportunity to compare the working methods of two soloists from differing generations, musical backgrounds, styles and philosophies.
Derek's stylistic approach was consistent with his musical aesthetic/philosophy that improvisation is where music begins and ends. For him the notion of a non-idiomatic improvisation was where musical performance could depart from the formulaic and derivative, giving the improviser an opportunity to be uniquely creative without reference to anything other than himself, the instrument and, if present, other players. It's a method which must constantly monitor itself to avoid the familiar in its singular pursuit of the original and the new, and one which can bewilder and disturb all but the most committed aficionados with its very lack of familiar musical signposts. This is tough music which gives no quarter and should expect none.
The One Music Ensemble on the other hand, can be defined as encompassing a range of sound sources, styles and methods and which does not forbid composition (even though it is absent in this performance) nor any other familiar musical or, indeed, non-musical associations and references. These many sources become One Music in a singular eclectic mix of the familiar as well as the not so familiar, the juxtaposition of which can, nevertheless, be as bewildering and disturbing as more original voices, the comforting familiar surface may possibly mask a more acerbic centre.
Complete liner notes can be viewed at: pantonmusic.com/tmp/NONDO-DPLP002.html