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Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Aida
Format: Double LP
Label: Honest Jons
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Continuing their ongoing series of reissues of music by Derek Bailey, Honest Jons Records present a first vinyl reissue of Aida, originally released on the guitarists own Incus label in 1980. Expanded for this release, the present version of this masterwork adds two hitherto unreleased gems recorded solo for Charles Foxs Radio 3 program Jazz in Britain, in the same few months of 1980 as the stunning original performances. The phrase "in the moment" is often bandied about with reference to free improvisation, and indeed theres no better way to describe Derek Baileys playing. The acoustic guitar is notoriously lacking in natural reverberation -- notes barely hang in the air for a couple of seconds before they disappear -- which explains the almost non-stop flow of new material in these stellar performances. Bailey knew from one split-second to the next exactly where to find the same pitch on different strings, either as a stopped tone or a ringing harmonic, and theres never a note out of place. "He who kisses the joy as it flies," in the words of William Blake, "lives in eternitys sunrise" -- and this music is forever in the moment, constantly active but never gabby, kissing the joy. One of the special pleasures of the BBC set is the guitarists own laconic commentary, a deliciously deadpan description of what hes doing while hes doing it. "I like to think of it -- as a kind of music" -- and the interaction between words and music is a particular delight. "You may have noticed a certain lack of variety," he quips, while unleashing a furiously complex volley. Is it a coincidence that the final seconds recall the famous cycling fifths of the coda to Thelonious Monks "Round Midnight"? Surely not; Bailey, like Monk, was a note man par excellence; theyre both still alive and well in eternitys sunrise." - Honest Jons.

Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Lot 74
Format: LP
Label: Honest Jons
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Honest Jons Records present a reissue of Derek Baileys Lot 74, originally released by Incus in 1974. Recorded at a private house in West London, the side-long title track is a masterwork: a twenty-two-minute, starkly personal, freely expressive, itchily searching re-casting of orders of rhythm and sound into a new, quicksilver kind of affective and musical polyphony. Never mind the guitarists championing of "non-idiomatic improvisation", the poet Peter Riley gets the ball rolling in his identification of the various hauntings of Baileys playing at this time: "mandolins & balalaikas strumming in the distance, George Forbys banjo, Leadbellys steel 12-string, koto, lute, classical guitar... and others quite outside the field of the plucked string." The five pieces on side two were recorded back home in Hackney around the same time -- with the exception of "Improvisation 104(b)", from the year before (and issued by Incus in its TAPS series of mini reel-to-reel tapes) -- opening with ventriloquized guitar feedback, and taking in some cod banter about colleagues like Mervyn Parker, Siegfried Brotzmann, and Harry Bentink. Crucial." - Honest Jons.

Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Solo Guitar Volume 1
Format: 2xLP
Label: Honest Jons
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Honest Jons Records present Solo Guitar Volume 1, a reissue of Derek Baileys Solo Guitar release on Incus in 1971, with additional tracks included on previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972. Kicking off a series of collaborations between Honest Jons Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo and in duos with Anthony Braxton (HJR 201LP) and Han Bennink (HJR 202LP), augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. Recorded in 1971, Solo Guitar Volume 1 was Baileys first solo album. Its cover is an iconic montage of photos taken in the guitar shop where he worked. He and the photographer piled up the instruments whilst the proprietor was at lunch, with Bailey promptly sacked on his return. The LP was issued in two versions over the years -- Incus 2 and 2R -- with different groupings of free improvisations paired with Baileys performances of notated pieces by his friends Misha Mengelberg, Gavin Bryars, and Willem Breuker. All this music is here, plus a superb solo performance at York University in 1972, a welcome shock at the end of an evening of notated music. Its a striking demonstration of the way Bailey rewrote the language of the guitar with endless inventiveness, intelligence, and wit. As throughout the series, the recordings are newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas." - Honest Jons.

Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Solo Guitar Volume 1
Format: Double LP
Label: Honest Jons
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Honest Jons Records present Solo Guitar Volume 1, a reissue of Derek Baileys Solo Guitar release on Incus in 1971, with additional tracks included on previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972. Kicking off a series of collaborations between Honest Jons Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo and in duos with Anthony Braxton (HJR 201LP) and Han Bennink (HJR 202LP), augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. Recorded in 1971, Solo Guitar Volume 1 was Baileys first solo album. Its cover is an iconic montage of photos taken in the guitar shop where he worked. He and the photographer piled up the instruments whilst the proprietor was at lunch, with Bailey promptly sacked on his return. The LP was issued in two versions over the years -- Incus 2 and 2R -- with different groupings of free improvisations paired with Baileys performances of notated pieces by his friends Misha Mengelberg, Gavin Bryars, and Willem Breuker. All this music is here, plus a superb solo performance at York University in 1972, a welcome shock at the end of an evening of notated music. Its a striking demonstration of the way Bailey rewrote the language of the guitar with endless inventiveness, intelligence, and wit. As throughout the series, the recordings are newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas." - Honest Jons.

Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Concert In Milwaukee
Format: Cass
Label: Incus
Country: UK
Price: $14.00
"This was a cassette not officially released on Incus or any other label. It was sold by Derek Bailey at concerts. For a short period in 2010 original copies were sold via the Incus website. The back story: In 1983 Derek Bailey was due to visit Japan for a concert tour and decided to take with him, for sale at the concerts, a cassette recorded live in Milwaukee. Approximately 500 cassettes were prepared and dispatched to the promoter in Japan but, in the event, the tour fell through and the cassettes were returned to England. On arriving to collect the two boxes containing the cassettes from the Post Office, Derek found that they were badly damaged and, having to pay to regain them, decided to collect only one of the parcels. The salvageable cassettes - number not known, but probably around 150 - were subsequently sold at other live dates. All were produced on a light-grey plastic cassette body with Concert in Milwaukee, Derek Bailey plus date of concert, printed in light-blue directly on the cassette body. The cassette came with an insert with the number DBC2 (no number on cassette itself)." -Incus
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Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: New Sights, Old Sounds
Format: Double CD
Label: Incus
Country: UK
Price: $31.00
"2012 -- long awaited repress; originally reissued by Incus in 2002. Reissue of one of the most obscure Bailey releases ever, from the long long defunct Morgue label of Japan (run by the legendary promoter Aquirax Aida). Derek has been trying to buy back the masters to this one for a decade+ and has finally succeeded! All tracks are solo guitar (acoustic & electric), the first disc features studio recordings with titles taken from Byrons Don Juan; the 2nd disc features live recordings from Nagoya and Kalavinka -- all recorded 1978. "Incus has acquired the masters of New Sights Old Sounds, the double solo album Derek Bailey recorded for the Morgue Iabel in 1978. Issued in Japan in 1978 it has been out of print since 1979. It is now issued as a double CD on Incus with the original artwork."" -Incus.

Artist: BAILEY, DEREK
Title: Improvisation
Format: LP
Label: Mirumir
Country: Italy
Price: $28.00
"The godfather of improvisational guitar, Derek Baileys praises have been sung far and wide by everyone from Pat Metheny to Karlheinz Stockhausen for having revolutionized the way the instrument was played over the last half of the twentieth century. Although fans are often frustrated by the low-fidelity of his earlier recordings, this 1975 LP (originally released on the Italian avant-garde label, Cramps), stands out in that regard. Recorded in an actual studio (unlike most of his early work) in Milan, for this session Bailey was apparently asked by his Italian hosts to define improvisation. He then proceeded to give his answer in the form of these fourteen tracks (eight performed with electric guitar, five with six-string acoustic guitar, and one with a 19-string acoustic guitar). 180 gram vinyl reissue with printed inner sleeve." -Mirumir.
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