Incus Records

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Incus Records
Founded1970 (1970)
FounderDerek Bailey
Tony Oxley
Evan Parker
GenreFree jazz, free improvisation
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England

Incus Records is a British record company and label founded by Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters that specializes in free jazz and improvised music.[1][2]

The first release on the label was a 7 inch record with AMM LIVE, Incus Numbwr 0 (zero), after that was Incus Number 1The Topography of the Lungs, recorded by Bailey, Parker, and Han Bennink in 1970. Walters and Oxley left the label shortly after its founding, after which it continued as a partnership between Bailey and Parker until a falling-out between the two men in the mid-1980s. Parker left in 1987.[1] Bailey continued the label with Karen Brookman until his death in 2005. Its first CD release was CYRO, a duo recording of Bailey and Cyro Baptista. In later years the label has issued videos and limited-edition CDRs intended largely for friends and faithful collectors. It relaunched with a new website and a full catalogue in early 2009.

Aside from recordings by Bailey and Parker, who also produced, the Incus catalogue includes the work of Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Kenny Wheeler,[2] Steve Lacy, and John Zorn.[1]

At various times since 1985, Incus Records has sponsored festivals of improvised music in London.[3]


Catalog Artist Album Notes Incus 1 Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink The Topography of the Lungs Subsequently released with two bonus tracks on CD on the Psi label credited to Evan Parker
Incus 2 Derek Bailey Solo Guitar A revised version of this album, with alternative improvisations, was released as Solo (Incus 2R) in 1978. A CD version, incorporating improvisations from the original and revised LPs was released in 1993
Incus 3/4 Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey, Barry Guy Iskra 1903 An expanded 3-CD set comprising the music on this double LP plus 10 bonus tracks was released on Emanem as Chapter One 1970-1972 in 2000
Incus 5 Evan Parker, Paul Lytton Collective Calls (Urban) (Two Microphones) Released on CD in 2002 on the Psi label
Incus 6/7 Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composer's Orchestra Ode Released on CD in 1996 on Intakt Records
Incus 8 Tony Oxley Tony Oxley
Incus 9 Derek Bailey, Han Bennink Derek Bailey & Han Bennink
Incus 10 Kenny Wheeler Song for Someone Released on CD in 2004 on the Psi label
Incus 11 Balance Balance Radu Malfatti, Ian Brighton, Phil Wachsmann, Colin Wood, Frank Perry
Incus 12 Derek Bailey Lot 74: Solo Improvisations Released on CD by Incus in 2009
Incus 13 Howard Riley Synopsis Released on CD by Emanem in 2000 with one bonus track
Incus 14 Evan Parker, Paul Lytton At the Unity Theatre Released on CD with bonus tracks on Psi in 2003
Incus 15 Steve Beresford, Nigel Coombes, John Russell, Dave Solomon, Garry Todd Teatime Released on CD on the Emanem label in 2009
Incus 16 Evan Parker, Derek Bailey The London Concert Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London. Released on CD, with bonus tracks, on Psi in 2005
Incus 17 Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies, Jamie Muir The Music Improvisation Company 1968-1971 Released by Incus on CD in 1992
Incus 18 Tony Oxley February Papers
Incus 19 Evan Parker Saxophone Solos Released by Psi on CD in 2009
Incus 20 Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger Duo
Incus 21 Company Company I Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena
Incus 22 Barry Guy, Statements V-XI: For Double Bass and Violone
Incus 23 Company Company 2 Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker
Incus 24 Spontaneous Music Ensemble Biosystem John Stevens, Roger Smith, Nigel Coombes, Colin Wood
Incus 25 Company Company 3 Derek Bailey, Han Bennink
Incus 26 Company Company 4 Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy
Incus 27 Evan Parker Monoceros Released on CD in 1999 on Chronoscope
Incus 28 Company Company 5 Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena
Incus 29 Company Company 6 Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Lol Coxhill, Steve Lacy, Steve Beresford, Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena, Han Bennink
Incus 30 Company Company 7 Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Lol Coxhill, Steve Lacy, Steve Beresford, Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena, Han Bennink
Incus 31 John Russell/Richard Coldman Home Cooking/Guitar Solos split album
Incus 32 Gary Todd, Roger Turner Sunday Best
Incus 33 David Toop, Paul Burwell, Hugh Davies, Max Eastley, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Annabel Nicolson, Evan Parker Circadian Rhythm
Incus 34 Derek Bailey, Tony Coe Time
Incus 35 Evan Parker, George E. Lewis From Saxophone and Trombone
Incus 36 Company Fables Derek Bailey, Dave Holland, George Lewis, Evan Parker
Incus 37 Various Artists Pisa 1980 Improvisors' Symposium Evan Parker & George Lewis/Maarten Altena & Derek Bailey/Barry Guy, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Evan Parker & Phil Wachsmann/Maarten Altena, Barry Guy, George Lewis, Paul Rutherford & Giancarlo Schiaffini
Incus 38 Company Fictions Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Lol Coxhill, Ian Croall, Misha Mengelberg
Incus 39 Evan Parker Six of One
Incus 40 Derek Bailey Aida Released on CD in 1996 on Dexter's Cigar
Incus 41 Derek Bailey, Jamie Muir Dart Drug
Incus 42 Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton Tracks
Incus 43 Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton Royal Volume 1
Incus 45 Evan Parker, George Lewis, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton Hook, Drift & Shuffle
Incus 46/47 Company Epiphany Derek Bailey, George Lewis, Akio Suzuki, Phil Wachsmann, Ursula Oppens, Fred Frith, Julie Tippetts, Anne LeBaron, Moto Yoshizawa
Incus 48 Derek Bailey Notes
Incus 49 Evan Parker The Snake Decides Released on CD on Psi in 2003
Incus 50 Derek Bailey, Evan Parker Compatibles
Incus 51 Company Trios Derek Bailey, John Corbett, Vinko Globokar, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, J. D. Parran, Ernst Reyseger, Joëlle Léandre, Jamie Muir, Hugh Davies
Incus 52 Steve Noble, Alex Maguire Live at Oscars
Incus CD01 Derek Bailey, Cyro Baptista Cyro
Incus CD02 Derek Bailey, Han Bennink Han
Incus CD03 Tony Bevan, Greg Kingston, Matt Lewis Original Gravity
Incus CD04 Company Once Derek Bailey, Lee Konitz, Richard Teitelbaum, Carlos Zingaro, Tristan Honsinger, Barre Phillips, Steve Noble
Incus CD05 Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips Figuring
Incus CD06 Steve Noble, Alex Ward Ya Boo, Reel & Rumble
Incus CD07 Company Company 6 & 7 Compilation of tracks from Incus 29 and Incus 30
Incus CD8 Tony Bevan, Steve Noble, Paul Rogers Bigshots
Incus CD9 Derek Bailey, Thebe Lipere, Louis Moholo Village Life
Incus CD10 Derek Bailey Solo Guitar Volume 1 Reissue of Incus LP 2 and Incus LP 2R
Incus CD11 Derek Bailey Solo Guitar Volume 2
Incus CD12 Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies, Jamie Muir The Music Improvisation Company 1968-1971 Reissue of Incus 17
Incus CD13 Shaking Ray Levis False Prophets or Dang Good Guessers!
Incus CD14 John Stevens, Derek Bailey Playing
Incus CD15 Tony Oxley The Tony Oxley Quartet
Incus CD16 Company Company 91 Volume 1
Incus CD17 Company Company 91 Volume 2
Incus CD18 Company Company 91 Volume 3
Incus CD19 Jamie Muir, Derek Bailey Dart Drug Reissue of Incus 41
Incus CD20 John Zorn, Fred Frith The Art of Memory
Incus CD21 John Butcher, Vanessa Mackness Respiritus
Incus CD22 John Stevens, Kent Carter, Derek Bailey One Time
Incus CD23 Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn In Memory of Nikki Arane
Incus CD24 Roger Smith, Neil Metcalfe S&M
Incus CD25 Alan Wilkinson, Stefan Jaworzyn In a Sentimental Mood
Incus CD26 Henry Kaiser, John Oswald Improvised Vancouver
Incus CD27 Steve Beresford, Dennis Palmer, Bob Stagner, Roger Turner Short in the U.K.
Incus CD28 Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Oren Marshall Trio Playing
Incus CD29/30 Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley Soho Suites
Incus CD31 Derek Bailey Takes Fakes & Dead She Dances
Incus CD32 George E. Lewis, Bertram Turetzky Conversations
Incus CD33 Paul Hession, Alan Wilkinson, Simon H. Fell, Joe Morris Registered Firm
Incus CD34 Derek Bailey, Han Bennink Post Improvisation 1: When We're Smiling
Incus CD35 Derek Bailey, Han Bennink Post Improvisation 2: Air Mail Special
Incus CD36 Derek Bailey, Susie Ibarra Daedal
Incus CD37 Derek Bailey, Alex Ward LOCationAL
Incus CD38 Mats Gustafsson, Jim O'Rourke Xylophonen Virtuosen
Incus CD39 Joseph Holbrooke Joseph Holbrook '98 Derek Bailey, Gavin Bryars, Tony Oxley
Incus CD40 Derek Bailey, Keiji Haino Songs
Incus CD41 Company Company 5 Reissue of Incus 28
Incus CD42/43 Company Epiphany Reissue of Incus 46/47
Incus CD44/45 Company Company in Marseille Derek Bailey, Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell, Will Gaines, Mark Wastell
Incus CD46 Acoustic Guitar Trio Acoustic Guitar Trio Nels Cline, Jim McAuley, Rod Poole
Incus CD47 Steve Noble, John Edwards, Alex Ward False Face Society
Incus CD48/49 Derek Bailey New Sights, Old Sounds
Incus CD50 Derek Bailey, Min Xiao-Fen Flying Dragons
Incus CD51 Derek Bailey, Julian Kytasty, Roger Turner, Alan Wilkinson Duos, London 2001
Incus CD52 Derek Bailey, Susie Ibarra BIDS
Incus CD53 Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger Tristan (Duo)
Incus CD54 Derek Bailey, Ingar Zach Seven
Incus CD55 Will Gaines Rappin & Tappin
Incus CD56 Limescale Limescale
Incus CD57 Derek Bailey Lot 74 Reissue of Incus 12
Incus CD58 Derek Bailey, Agustí Fernández A Silent Dance
Incus CD59 Duck Baker The Ducks Palace
Incus CD60 Derek Bailey More 74
Incus CD61 Lol Coxhill, Alex Ward Old Sights, New Sounds
Incus CD62 Derek Bailey Concert in Milwaukee
Incus CD63 Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Pat Thomas, Matt Wand, Phillip Wachsmann, Ian Brighton Tony Oxley 75 Years – A Birthday Tribute


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  1. ^ a b c Adams, Simon (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 323. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ a b Gottschalk, Kurt (16 October 2009). "Incus Records". Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  3. ^ Adams, Simon (2001). "Incus". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.
  4. ^ Incus LP Discography accessed May 12, 2016
  5. ^ Incus Records: list of LPs accessed May 31, 2016
  6. ^ Incus Records: list of CDs accessed May 31, 2016

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