Just returned from Barcelona to discover Derek Bailey has died. Oddly, the last time I saw Bailey was in Barcelona, playing Abaixadors Deu with the percussionist Susie Ibarra. I saw them having coffee and xocolata on La Rambla the next day, and wish I'd had enough courage to say hello and pass on my thanks ... More so now. He was a hugely important musician, a tireless organiser and figureheard for improvised music, a witty Sheffield man, and writer of one of the great books on improvisation, and music in general. Well played.