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Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, together on an Incus release from 1974! Amazing stuff eh free improvisation fans? But wait, there’s more (literally)! Braxton and Bailey originally planned two volumes of Royal, but only one was ever released… Until now! This newly remastered reissue contains both volumes, at last. From Honest Jon’s.

Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista
Cyro

Derek Bailey’s ever-idiosyncratic free-improvised guitar meets the assorted instruments of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. This makes for a very interesting session, as Baptista keeps trying to lure Bailey into rhythmic structures, while Bailey tries to pull Baptista into timbral and textural play. Really very enjoyable stuff, reissued here with an extra LP of previously unreleased material.

Derek Bailey & Tony Coe
Time

A fabulous reissue of a session by free-improvising guitar supremo Derek Bailey and reeds player Tony Coe. The two players dance around each other, with timbres and pitches responding to one another with great dexterity. The clarinet and acoustic guitar sound great together, with modernist rigour and free-flowing expression in equal measure. Time is reissued by Honest Jon’s.

Derek Bailey
Lot 74

Honest Jons' Derek Bailey reissue programme continues with the welcome addition of one of the guitarist’s earliest solo LPs, recorded way back in 1974. The side-long title track is a particular tour de force, a rapid-fire onslaught of Bailey’s trademark harmonics, dissonant clusters and stereo panning that is as definitive a display of his singular style as anything he recorded. Side two’s home recordings act as a reminder of the prescient DIY approach of his Incus label.

Derek Bailey & Jamie Muir
Dart Drug

The late Derek Bailey and ex-King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir get their 1981 collaborative reissued by Honest Jon’s. Dart Drug is a strange record even by the standards of this pair. It’s difficult to identify what kind of … things Muir is hitting at any one point, and Bailey’s six-string quirks are in even fuller effect than usual. Despite (or perhaps because of) their erstwhile impulses, the duo managed to construct an oddly compelling suite of lopsided avant-jazz on this LP.

Derek Bailey
Aida

Derek Bailey’s Aida hasn’t had a vinyl reissue for nearly forty years at this point. High time Honest Jon’s did something about that. This new pressing of the pioneering free-jazz guitarist’s 1980 LP comes with two bonus jams culled from BBC sessions recorded at around the same time as the Paris and London shows that make up the bulk of Aida. Bailey’s immense variety and innovation on the acoustic six-string shines through here. One of the best things about this is the musician's commentary that peppers the extra cuts.

Derek Bailey & Han Bennink
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink

A sheer treat of classic free improvisation here from British guitarist Derek Bailey and Dutch super-drummer Han Bennink! Anyone who knows anything about this whole scene knows that this is a recipie for total top-notch sound sparring, and so it is. Derek Bailey & Han Bennink was recorded live in 1972 and released on the crucial Incus imprint. Now remastered and reissued by Honest Jon’s.

Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger
Duo

Another of Bailey’s early Incus records reissued by Honest Jons, this time a 1976 set pairing the guitarist with American cellist Tristan Honsinger. Bailey’s collaborative appearances were always quite a different prospect than his solo work. The musicians are heard playing in both near-psychic sympathy and mischievous antipathy, with Honsinger resorting to occasional outbursts of glossolalia. Despite a voluminous discography, Bailey didn’t see much value in recording of free improvisation, but this is an exciting edge-of-the-seat listen 42 years on.
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Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
The Topography of The Lungs

Bringing together three renowned free improvisers, The Topography of the Lungs was the first release on Evan Parker and Derek Bailey’s Incus label and has been brought back to heavyweight vinyl by the OTOroku imprint. Parker’s ferocious circular breathing techniques, Bailey’s unhinged guitar and Han Bennink’s off-grid percussion sound as radical and incomparable as they must have done in 1970.

Derek Bailey / Evan Parker
​The London Concert

Otoroku Records (Thurston Moore, Mats Gustafsson) tends to focus on archiving performances at the London experimental hub Cafe OTO, but this release sees them making a play in the reissues game. Originally released in 1975, this record sees two titans of the British avant garde lining up alongside one other on a London stage. Guitarist Derek Bailey and saxophonist Evan Parker twang, bang and skronk away to intriguing effect on The London Concert.

Derek Bailey
Solo Guitar Volume 1

A deep classic of British non-idiomatic free improvisation from the ever-inventive Derek Bailey. Solo Guitar Volume 1 combines total instant composition with (shock!) notated pieces by Gavin Bryars, Misha Mengelberg and the like. This remastered reissue features all the original material, plus a 1972 live recording, previously unheard.

Max Eastley / Derek Bailey / Coum / Feminist Improvising Group
Another Evening At Logos 1974/79/81

Max Eastley (sonic sculptor), Derek Bailey (non-idiomatic guitar improviser extraordinare) and Coum (the pre-Throbbing Gristle group of aggro-experimentalists) are grouped alongside the underrated Feminist Improvising Group for this set of recordings made in the same Logos studio in Belgium. Wonderful improv on Sub Rosa.
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Derek Bailey, Alex Ward, MAtt Wand & Pat Thomas
Signs Of Damp


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Derek Bailey/ Tony Bevan/ Paul Hession/ Otomo Yoshihide
Good Cop, Bad Cop


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Derek Bailey/ Agusti Fernandez
Barcelona


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