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The Music Improvisation Company
1969, 1970

1969,1970 by The Music Improvisation Company is an album of seminal, far-out free jazz. It features avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey, saxophonist Evan Parker, experimental electronic musician Hugh Davies and percussionist Jamie Muir who played with Larks Tongues In Aspic-era King Crimson. For anyone who likes their music improvised this is essential, necessary.

Tribe Of Colin
Age Of Aquarius

Age of Aquarius by enigmatic producer Tribe of Colin mixes the pulsating sound of early Detroit, Field recordings made in West Africa, dub, beatbox and hip-hop to make some percussive techno that is as rough and gritty as it is supernatural and mysterious. Bangers, body-rockers and wig-outs abound. On Honest Jon's.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJP088)
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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.

Tony Allen
Lagos No Shaking


  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP020)
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DJ Sotofett
Dub Off

Honest Jon’s serve up a stellar slice of modern dub here with Stotofett’s ‘Dub Off’. The template of dub is left the same on this release, but the sound is updated with modern production techniques and tampering, giving a sense of the familiar being playfully toyed with. There’s an amazing dual sense of clarity and dissolution on this one.

Actress
Splazsh


  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP049)
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Laurel Halo
In Situ

Laurel Halo has recorded for Hyperdub in the past so that should be a good enough recommendation. Her new 12”, In Situ, is out on Honest Jon’s -- the label co-run by Damon Albarn. She is an electronic musician from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been creating waves since her critically acclaimed Quarantine album in 2012. In Situ links the man-made to mother nature with organic beats and melodies that breathe out from the electronic backdrop.
  • Vinyl Double 12" (HJP78)
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Moritz von Oswald Trio
Sounding Lines

Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer are pretty well established and well respected players by now, but even so, they must hardly believe their luck that they’ve managed to pull Tony Allen into their trio for this album. On Sounding Lines, Allen adds trademark rhythmic flourishes to the electronics we are used to, with remarkable results. On Honest Jon’s.

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.

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of her ‘70s output. An intriguing collection.

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.

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.

Shackleton with Ernesto Tomasini
Devotional Songs

Shackleton has never really put a foot wrong during his production career, but these collaborations with vocalist Ernesto Tomasini are especially impressive. Devotional Songs wanders through some very strange territories, with gamelan, organ, bells and shuddering bass all used alongside Tomasini’s wide-ranging voice. 4 tracks, on Honest Jon’s.
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Las Malas Amistades
Maleza


  • CD (HJRCD)
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Kassem Mosse / Simone White
Three Versions

An intimate and spatial offering by Kassem Mosse. Using source material from American singer-songwriter Simone White, Mosse brings out subtle melancholy washes and adds in kitchen sink percussion to generate a contemplative collection of downbeat tracks. Out on 12” vinyl from Honest Jon’s.

Morphosis
Dismantle / Music For Vampyr


  • Vinyl Double 12" (HJP072)
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Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

For his latest trick the living legend Kelan Philip Cohran has got together a record for Honest Jon’s that features a band made up his eight children. The liquor-soaked Mardi Gras sound of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble proves to be a perfect foil for Cohran’s trumpet playing. Cohran suffuses his horn work with his life history here, from his early years in the golden age of swing to his time with the Sun Ra Arkestra.