out that afternoon, a beautiful acoustic archtop with deep resonant warm tones, the Epiphone
Emperor Regent was duly purchased and transported to our usual hotel on the Lower East
Side in Manhatten. Derek was thrilled. . . . . . . .and looked like a kid at Christmas who'd gotten
the present of his dreams.
On the evening of Christmas Day we were joined at our hotel rooms by John Zorn and
Ikue Mori for dinner, as the port and wine flowed the evening punctuated by much laughter,
developed into one of contentment and relaxation that comes from the company of old friends. After
dinner Derek introduced his new purchase to the guests. Someone... now impossible to remember
who, requested Derek play “Laura” and he obliged, whether it was the collective conviviality or
perhaps the spirit of the vintage instrument that filled the room with its full warm sound.
instruments 2 Derek Bailey's Epiphone Emperor Regent