Barry John Guy

Photograph copyright Marcel Meier.

Born London 22 April 1947; Bass, composer.

One of the premier bass players in free improvisation who has consistently and considerably extended the range of the instruments. Has really to be seen in person to appreciate the visual spectacle associated with producing the music and also to better understand some of the sound production methods. Has long-term experience both in this field and in baroque music. Formed London Jazz Composers' Orchestra who celebrate their 25th anniversary with concerts in a range of countries during 1995. Part of Parker/Guy/Lytton trio as well as recording extensively in an extremely wide number of situations. Runs Maya Records.

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Further information

Buium, G. (2002). Behind Barry Guy's New Orchestra. Coda, no. 302, (March/April), pp. 7-10.
Peterson, Lloyd (2006), Music and the creative spirit, Scarecrow Press, pp. 29-33, 43-55.
Rosnes, T. (1995). En fraga om engagemang, eneri och verklighet, Granslost, no. 1, (May), pp. 22-25.
Rusch, R.(1994). Barry Guy interview. Cadence, vol. 20, no. 1, (January), pp. 5-9; and Cadence, vol. 20, no. 2, (February), pp. 15-21.

See also Smith (1993).


1966/1967, Withdrawal (1966-7), Emanem 4020. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1966/1967, Withdrawal (1966-7), Emanem 5040. Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Re-issue of Emanem 4020.
1967, Discussions. Opportunity CP2500. Howard Riley trio.
1968/1969, Angle, CBS Realm 52669/Sony-Columbia 494433. Howard Riley Trio.
1969, Prayer for peace, Transatlantic TRA 196/FMRCD96-V0402.
1969, Prayer for peace, No Business Records NBLP16. Amalgam.
1969, Diversions, Openian 001. Bob Downes Open Music.
1970, The Day will come, CBS 64077//Sony-Columbia 494434. Howard Riley Trio.
1970, Hell's angels, BDOM 003. Bob Downes Open Music.
1970, Die jazz werkstatt, NDR. On Saturnalian by Tony Oxley.
1970/1971, Buzz soundtrack, Emanem CD 4066. Iskra 1903.
1970/1972, Iskra 1903, Incus 3/4.
1970-1972, Chapter one 1970-1972, Emanem 3CD 4301. Iskra 1903.
1970-1972, Chapter one 1970-1972, Emanem 3CD 5311. Iskra 1903. Reissue of Emanem 4301 in June 2015.
1971, Jazz workshop 71, NDR TV. On Whoop, La Palette by Barre Phillips.
1971, Flight, Turtle TUR301. Howard Riley trio. Re-released on FMR in 1995.
1971, Ichnos, RCA Victor SF 8215. As member of Tony Oxley Group.
1971, For all it is, JAPO 60003. Phillips/J.F.Jenny-Clarke/Danielson/Guy/Martin (Four basses/percussion).
1972, Goldsmiths, Emanem 5013. Iskra 1903.
1972, Tony Oxley Incus 8.
1972, Ode, Incus 6-7/Intakt 041. London Jazz Composers' Orchestra.
1972/1973, Sequences 72 & 73, Emanem 4018. Paul Rutherford/Iskra 1912.
1973, Synopsis, Incus 13 LP/Emanem 4044 CD. Howard Riley trio.
1973, Free improvisation, Deutsche Grammophon 2740 105. Three-record set with one record devoted to Iskra 1903.
1974/75, Overground, Emanem 4054 CD. Howard Riley Trio.
1976, Statements V-XI for double bass and violone, Incus 22. Early solo playing.
1977, February papers Incus 18.
1977, No fear, Spotlite SPJ 556/Hi 4 Head Records HFHCD001. John Stevens/Trevor Watts/Barry Guy.
1977, Mining the seam, Spotlite SPJ 556/Hi 4 Head Records HFHCD003. John Stevens/Trevor Watts/Barry Guy.
1977, Improvisations are forever now Vinyl VS 113. Guy/Riley/Wachsmann.
1977/79, Improvisations are forever now Emanem 4070. Re-issue of Vinyl LP with extra tracks from 1979: Guy/Riley/Wachsmann.
1978, Application, interaction, and..., Spotlite SPJ 513/Hi 4 Head Records HFHCD002. John
1978/1979, One four and two twos, Emanem 5027. John Stevens/Paul Rutherford/Evan Parker/Barry Guy.
1979, Endgame, JAPO 60028. Howard Riley/Barry Guy/John Stevens/Trevor Watts.
1979, 4,4,4,4, View VS 0011/Konnex CD.
1979, Facets, Impetus 38002. With Howard Riley and John Stevens.
1979, Organic, Jazzprint JPVP115. Howard Riley/Barry Guy/John Stevens.
1980, Pisa 1980: improvisors' symposium, Incus 37 (LP)/psi 04.03/4 (CD).
1980, Long on Dossier ST 7529. Single track on Jon Rose LP.
1980/1991, Study II/Stringer, Intakt CD095. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1981, Incision, FMP SAJ-35. Duo with Evan Parker.
1981, Paintings, FMP 0960. Bass duos with Peter Kowald.
1981, Bass duets, FMP CD 102. Peter Kowald duos with Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, Maarten Altena.
1981-1983, Chapter two 1981-3, Emanem 3CD 4303. Iskra 1903.
1983, IRCAM, un portrait, IRCAM 001/1983. Barry Guy/Jane Manning, Soft Morning City (Machover).
1983, Tracks, Incus 42. Parker/Guy/Lytton.
1983, Hook, drift and shuffle, Incus 45 LP/psi 07.07 CD.
1983, Re Touch, View VS0025. Alan Holdsworth/Jeff Young/Barry Guy/Ron Mathewson/John Stevens.
1984, Machover, American Contemporary CRI SD 506. Ensemble contemporain with Jane Manning & Barry Guy.
1984, Stringer, SAJ-41. London Jazz Composers' Orchestra.
1984, Supersession, Matchless MR17.
1985, Assist, Jazz & NOW 4. Solos plus a long duo improvisation with Fred Van Hove.
1985, Tai kyoku, Jazz & NOW 3. Duo with Evan Parker.
1985, Tomorrow is here Dossier ST 7507. The Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra.
1985, To whom it may concern, Allelopathy ALL-1. Two quartets including Evan Parker.
1986, Atlanta, Impetus IMP 18617.
1987/1988, Zurich concerts, Intakt 005. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1988/89, South on the Northern, Emanem 5203. Iskra 1903.
1989, Arcus, Maya MCD 9101. Double bass duets with Barre Phillips.
1989, Harmos, Intakt CD013. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1989, Double trouble, Intakt CD019. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1990, Play with light and shade, SLAMCD 402. Duo with Vanessa Mackness on compilation CD.
1990, Nailed, FMP CD 108. Cecil Taylor: The Quartet.
1990, Melancholy, FMP CD 104. Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble.
1991, Elsie Jo live, Maya MCD 9201.
1991, Fizzles, Maya MCD 9301. Solo doublebass and chamber bass.
1991, Theoria, Intakt CD024. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1991, Frankfurt 1991, Emanem 4051. Iskra 1903.
1992, Iskra/Nckpa 1903, Maya 9502.
1992, Mouth eating trees and related activities, Okka Disk OD12010. Gustafsson/Guy/Lovens.
1992, Meetings, Splasc(h). Mario Schiano.
1993, Imaginary values, Maya MCD 9401.
1993, After the rain, NMC DO13S. Composition by Guy; City of London Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox.
1993, Vade mecum, Soul Note 121208. With Bill Dixon.
1993, Vade mecum II, Soul Note 121211. With Bill Dixon.
1993, Cascades, Music and Arts 853. With Marilyn Crispell.
1993, Birmingham concert, Rare Music RM026. With Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Tony Levin.
1993, Portraits, Intakt CD 035. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1994, 50th birthday concert, Leo CD LR 212/213. Schlippenbach trio on one CD; Parker/Guy/Lytton trio on the other.
1994, Study - Witch Gong Game, Barry Guy and the NOW Orchestra, Maya MCD 9402.
1994, Obliquities, Maya 9501.
1994, Breaths and heartbeats, Rastascan BRD 019.
1994/1995, You forget to answer, Maya MCD 9601. With Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid.
1995, The secret Magritte, Black Saint 120177-2. Larry Ochs with Lisle Ellis, Barry Guy, Chris Brown, Marilyn Crispell, William Winant, Rova Sax Quartet.
1995, Bush fire, Ogun OGCD 009. With Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Pule Pheto, Gibo Pheto.
1995, The Redwood session, CIMP 101.
1995, Three pieces for orchestra, Intakt CD 045. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1995, Double trouble two, Intakt CD 053. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1995, Nickelsdorf Konfrontation, Silkheart 143. Joel Futterman-Kidd Jordan Quintet.
1995, Sensology, Maya MCD 9701. Duo with Paul Plimley.
1996, Natives and aliens, Leo CD LR 243. Evan Parker trio ith Marilyn Crispell.
1996, Social security Victo cd043. Mario Schiano.
1996, Extremely Quartet Hat ART CD 6199. John Law.
1996, Toward the margins, ECM New series 1612. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
1996, At The Vortex (1996), Emanem 4022. Parker/Guy/Lytton.
1996, gryffgryffgryffs, Music & Arts CD-1003. Guy, Gustafsson, Strid, Crispell.
1997, Hilliard songbook: new music for voices, ECM New Series 1614/15. Hilliard Ensemble with Barry Guy bass.
1997, Frogging, Maya MCD 9702. Duo with Mats Gustafsson.
1997, GUDIRA, nuscope recordings 1003. GUDIRA.
1997, Ceremony, ECM New series 1643. Maya Homburger/Barry Guy.
1997, Hidros one (1997), Caprice 21566. Mats Gustafsson.
1997, Dividuality, Maya MCD0101. Evan Parkern/Barry Guy/Lawrence Casserley.
1997, At Les Instants Chavirés, psi 02.06. Parker/Guy/Lytton.
1998, Drawn inward, ECM 1693. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
1998, Bingo, Victo CD056. Rova Saxophone Quartet, composition: Witch Gong Game by Barry Guy (Guy does not play).
1998, Sit fast, Virgin Classics 7243. Fretwork, composition: Buzz by Barry Guy (Guy does not play).
1999, After Appleby, Leo CD LR 283/284. Parker/Guy/Lytton with Marilyn Crispell.
1999, 2X3=5, Leo CD LR 305. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Schlippenbach Trio.
1999, Odyssey, Intakt CD 070. Guy/Crispell/Lytton.
2000, Inscape - Tableaux, Intakt CD 066. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2000, Lux aeterna, ECM 1695. Thomas and Patrick Demenga, cello; includes composition Redshift by BG (Guy does not play).
2001, Fayka, Enja ENJ-9447 2. Duos with Mahmoud Turkmani.
2001, Symmetries, Maya MCD 0201. Solo doublebass.
2001, Celebration, Auditorium AUD 01203. Maya Homburger/Walter Prati/Barry Guy.
2001, 2 of 2, SOFA 510 Tri-Dim + Barry Guy (+ Jim O'Rourke).
2001, Night sessions, ECM 2018/476 5968. The Dowland Project/John Potter.
2002, Birds and blades, Intakt 080.
2002, Total Music Meeting 2002 - Audiology II, a/l/l 006. Compilation CD of 11 groups live in Berlin.
2002, J.S. Bach/Barry Guy, Maya MCD 0301. Maya Homburger. (Guy does not play on this CD)
2002, Memory/Vision, ECM 1852/038 1172. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2002?, Grain, DotDotDot Music 003. One (very) short solo track on this compilation.
2003, Ithaca, Intakt CD 096. Guy/Crispell/Lytton.
2003, November Music 2003, November Music NM 007. One track on compilation CD.
2003, SET, psi 09.09. Evan Parker.
2004, Dakryon, Maya MCD 0501. Maya Homburger/Barry Guy/Pierre Favre.
2004, Gubbröra, psi 04.10. Sandell/Stackenas/Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2004, Oort-Entropy, Intakt CD 101. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2004, Free zone Appleby 2004, psi 05.05. Barry Guy/Paul Lytton/Evan Parker/Joel Ryan/Philipp Wachsmann.
2004, Brainforest, Intakt CD 107. Jacques Demierre/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli.
2004, Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3, ECM 1872/171 6989. Rosoce Mitchell and the Tranatlantic Art Ensemble.
2004, Boustrophedon, ECM 1873/175 0054. Evan Parker and the Tranatlantic Art Ensemble.
2004/6, Aurora, Maya Recordings MCD0601. Fernandez/Guy/Lopez.
2005, Folio, ECM New series 1931.
2005, Open textures, Forward.rec 006. Carlos Bechegas/Barry Guy.
2005, Falkirk, FMRCD168-i0706. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Barry Guy.
2006, H.I.F. Biber The mystery sonatas, Maya Recordings MCD0603. Maya Homburger/Camerata Kilkenny.
2006, Zafiro, Maya Recordings MCD0602. Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2006, Topos, Maya Recordings MCD0701. Fernández/Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2006, Tarfala, Maya Recordings MCD0801. Guy/Gustafsson/Strid.
1972-2006, Portrait, Intakt CD 123. Compilation/Celebration of 25 years of Barry Guy's music.
2007, J.S. Bach/Barry Guy, Maya MCD 0802. Maya Homburger. (Guy does not play on this CD)
2007, Phases of the night, Intakt CD 138. Guy/Crispell/Lytton.
2007, Backscatter bright blue, Intakt CD 236. Duo with Fred Frith.
2007, The moment's energy, ECM 2066/177 4798. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2008, Radio rondo/Schaffhausen concert, Intakt CD 158. LJCO/Irène Schweizer.
2008, Fox fire, Maya Recordings MCD0901. Vandermark/Guy/Sanders.
2008, Harmos, Intakt DVD 151. LJCO.
2008/9, Some other place, Maya Recordings MCD0902. Fernandez/Guy.
2009, Schweben - Ay, but can ye?, Maya Recordings MCD1201. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
2009, Sinners, rather than saints, No Business Records NBLP6. Barry Guy/Mats Gustafsson.
2009, Five fizzles for Samuel Beckett, No Business Records NBEP 2.
2009, Scenes in the House of Music, Clean Feed CF196CD. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans.
2009, Syzygy, No Business Records NBLP35. Tarfala Trio.
2009, Valencia, Xabia Jazz 008. Ramón López freedom NOW Sextet.
2009/10, Morning glory, Maya Recordings MCD1001. Fernandez/Guy/Lopez.
2010, Nightwork, Marge 46. Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2010, Polisation, Intakt CD 174. Lucas Niggli Big Zoom.
2010, Attikos, Maya Recordings MCD10021. Savina Yannatou/Barry Guy.
2010, Hasselt, psi 12.03. Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble.
2010, Mad dogs, Not Two 902-2 (5CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.
2010, J.S. Bach/Barry Guy, Maya MCD 1101. Maya Homburger. (Guy does not play on this CD)
2011, Lava, No Business Records NBLP54. Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy.
2011, Metal!, No Business Records NBLP47. The Thing with Barry Guy.
2011, Slip slide and collide, Maya Recordings MCD1401. Torben Snekkestad/Barry Guy.
2011, Live at Maya Recordings Festival, No Business Records NBCD55. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton.
2011, Live at Maya Recordings Festival, No Business Records NBLP60/61. Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton.
2011, Tales of enchantment, Intakt CD 202. Maya Homburger/Barry Guy.
2011, Games and improvisations: hommage à György Kurtág, Intakt CD 203. Katharina Weber/Barry Guy/Balts Nill.
2012, Hexentrio, Intakt CD 206. Paul Plimley/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli.
2012, BRIGANTIN - la fièvre de l'indépendance, Bloc Thyristors 0110/20/30 3LP box set. Conny Bauer/Johannes Bauer/Barry Guy/Jean-Noël Cognard.
2012, Mad dogs on the loose, Not Two 925-2 (4CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.
2013, A moment's liberty, Maya Recordings MCD1302. Fernandez/Guy/Lopez.
2013, Amphi - Radio rondo, Intakt CD 235. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2013, Time passing..., Maya Recordings MCD1501.
2014, Occasional poems, Not Two 931-2. Barry Guy/Ken Vandermark.
2014, @ 60: River tiger fire, Fundacja Sluchaj FSR 4CD 01 2015. Agustí Fernández box set with Aurora Trio on one CD.
2014, Tensegrity, Not Two 938-2 (4CD set). Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band small formations.
2015, The blue shroud, Intakt CD 266. Barry Guy, Blue Shroud Band.
2016, Without borders..., Fundacja Sluchaj FSR 05 2017. Barry Guy/Maya Homburger/Zlatko Kaucic.

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