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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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP202)
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Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

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Company
1983

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DJ Sotofett & Osaruxo
Hebi

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Company
Trios

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Various
London Is The Place For Me 7: Calypso, Palm-Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel & Stringband

Lord Kitchener arrived on the Empire Windrush in 1948. He brought with him his song, London Is The Place For Me. London is the Place For Me: Calypso, Palm-Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel & Stringband is a compilation released by Honest Jon’s and celebrates the music of the Caribbean and its influence on British music. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP77)
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Various
London Is The Place For Me 8: Lord Kitchener In England 1948-1962

Volume 8 in the series celebrating Caribbean music and its influence dedicates a whole LP to Lord Kitchener and his calypso stylings on London Is The Place For Me 8: Lord Kitchener In England 1948-1962. Lord Kitchener arrived on the Empire Windrush in 1948, bringing with him colourful new music and culture.
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Company
Epiphanies I-VI

The first of two unearthings of the racket made by Derek Bailey and pals at his Company Week festivities in 1982. This is waaay out there improv experimentation which sees musicians like Julie Tippets, Motoharu Yoshizawa and George Lewis go into battle to see who can come up with the most ludicrous squeak. Faint hearted step aside, this is prime freeform improvisation with an all important humorous streak. 

Company
Epiphanies VII-XIII

Prime improvisations from masters of the genre such as Fred Frith, Keith Tippett, Derek Bailey and Ursula Oppens on this unearthed treasure where violin, guitar, double bass, flute and sax (the latter compared to a flock of geese) all vying for attention. The music is both ear hurtingly spiky and humorously daft as the musicians seemingly go into battle with their various instruments.  

Company
Epiphany

This double-vinyl captures the improvisatory magic of long-running outfit Company during a short residency at London’s ICA back in 1982. On Epiphany, guitarist and founder Derek Bailey leads a nine-piece group through a kaleidoscopic, freeform landscape that takes in moments of wild hedonism and stretches of calm ambience. 

Company
1981

This double-vinyl compilation upends a lot of suppositions about improvisatory music - namely, that it’s incoherent and hard-going. Long-running outfit Company, founded by guitarist Derek Bailey in the late Sixties, have always counteracted that, and 1981, a seven-track collection of previously unreleased recordings by the group, proves that point. 

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

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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

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DJ Sotofett
Dub Off

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Don't DJ
Laniakea

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Shackleton & Vengeance Tenfold
Sferic Ghost Transmits

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DJ Sotofett & Maimouna Haugen
C'est l'aventure

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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.
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Moondog
Viking of Sixth Avenue

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Moondog
Moondog and His Friends

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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.
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Pinch & Shackleton
Pinch & Shackleton

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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.

Moondog
And His Honking Geese

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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.
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Lee "Scratch" Perry
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon

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Moondog
More Moondog

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Moondog
The Story of Moondog

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T++ (T Plus Plus)
Wireless

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Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Book Of Sound

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Insanlar / Ricardo Villalobos
Kime Ne

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Moritz von Oswald Trio
Fetch

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Shackleton
Fireworks

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Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabate and Friends
Mali Music

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DJ Sotofett
Drippin' For A Tripp

Jungle drums put down the beat while lush strings lull you into a hot, temperate dream. Featuring mixes by all your favorite usual suspects, DJ Sotofett’s new release comes blasting at full strength. Drippin’ for a Tripp is a colorful album that will leave you soaked with its refreshing sounds.
  • Vinyl Double 12" (HJP074)
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Obadikah
Obadikah

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Tiyiselani Vomaseve
Votswelani / Mbilu / Papa Vata Vuya Rini

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Various
Shangaan Shake

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DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn / RP Boo
Meet Tshetsha Boys / Meets Shangaan Electro

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Actress
Meets Shangaan Electro

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Theo Parrish / Burnt Friedman
Meets Mancingelani / Zinja Hlungwani

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Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer/ Peverelist
Meet Tshetsha Boys

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Anthony Shake Shakir / Oni Ayhun
Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro

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Mark Ernestus Vs. Obadikah
April

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Kassem Mosse
Disclosure

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Kassem Mosse
Chilazon

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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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Wareika Hill Sounds
Mass Migration

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Dresvn
First Voyage

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Laurel Halo
In Situ

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Various
Migrating Bird

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Las Malas Amistades
Maleza


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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.

Elmore Judd
We Float In Time

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Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds
Datura Mystic

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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.
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Crying Lion
The Golden Boat

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Morphosis
Dismantle / Music For Vampyr

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Trembling Bells
Carbeth

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Moritz von Oswald Trio
Blue

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Actress
Paint, Straw And Bubbles

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Ambrose Adekoya Campbell
London Is The Place For Me 3

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Wareika Hill Sounds
No More War EP

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The Durian Brothers
Cubs EP

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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.

Trembling Bells, Bonnie Prince Billy, Muldoon's Picnic
The Duchess EP

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Simone White
Silver, Silver

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Trembling Bells (featuring Bonnie Prince Billy)
The Marble Downs

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Rocket Juice & The Moon (featuring Erykah Badu)
Manuela / Mark Ernestus Dub

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Rocket Juice & The Moon
Leave-Taking / 1-2-3-4-5-6 / Forward Sweep

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Trembling Bells / Bonnie Prince Billy / Mike Heron
New Year’s Eve’s The Loneliest Night Of The Year / Feast Of Stephen

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Actress
Rainy Dub / Faceless

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Pinch & Shackleton
Boracay Drift

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Mark Ernestus meets BBC
Mark Ernestus Meets BBC / Version

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Various (Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston, Richard youngs etc.)
Migrating Bird Sampler

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