Saturday, January 13, 2007

Top 20 free jazz albums of all times

Sure, it's incomplete, and I may change my mind as well, but here it is, without a specific order.

Ahmed Abdullah - Song Of The Times
Fred Anderson - The Milwaukee Tapes, Vol. 1
Bengt Berger - Bitter Funeral Beer
Carla Bley - Escalator Over The Hill
Roy Campbell - Communion
Don Cherry - Complete Communion
Don Cherry - Nu - BBC Sessions
Ernest Dawkins - Mean Ameen
East New York Ensemble De Music - At The Helm
Eight Bold Souls - Sideshow
Kahil El'Zabar - The Ritual
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble - Freedom Jazz Dance
The Gift - Live At Sangha
Dennis Gonzalez - Nile River Suite
Charlie Haden - The Ballad Of The Fallen
Julius Hemphill - Dogon A.D.
Keith Jarrett - The Survivors' Suite
Charles Lloyd - Sangam
William Parker - Raining On The Moon
Matthew Shipp - Pastoral Composure
Wadada Leo Smith - Compassion
Spaceways Inc. - Version Soul
John Surman/Jack DeJohnette - Invisible Nature

5 comments:

  1. Ascension by John Coltrane? :)

    congratulations for your blog

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  2. Congratulations for your Great blog my friend.

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  3. My top 20
    •Joe Maneri - Paniots Nine
    •William Parker violin trio - Scrapbook
    •Fred Anderson - Timeless
    •Cecil Taylor - Conquistador
    •Amir ElSaffar - Two Rivers
    •James Finn trio - Plaza de Toros
    •Tony Malaby, William Parker, Nasheet Waits - Tamarindo
    •Tim Berne - The Shell Game
    •Irene Schweizer & Joelle Leandre - Cordial Gratin
    •Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play - The Nubians of Plutonia
    •Paul Dunmall Octet - Desire and Liberation
    •Steve Lehman - Demian As Posthuman
    •Matthew Shipp String Trio - By The Law Of Music
    •Lennie Tritsano - Descent into the Maelstrom
    •John Coltrane - Ascension
    •Evan Parker. Barry Guy, Paul Lytton & Marilyn Crispell - After Appleby
    •Jimmy Giuffre Trio - Emphasis & Flight
    •Joelle Leandre, William Parker - Contrabasses
    •John Tchicai - Real Tchicai
    •Horace Tapscott - The dark Tree

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  4. My Pre-1980's list

    1956 Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus
    1959 Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
    1959 Sun Ra - The Nubians of Plutonia
    1960 Max Roach - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite
    1963 Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    1965 John Coltrane - Meditations
    1965 Don Cherry - Complete Communion
    1966 Paul Bley - Live In Haarlem
    1967 Albert Ayler - Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village
    1967 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear
    1969 Archie Shepp - Blasé
    1969 Pharoah Sanders - Karma
    1969 Carla Bley - Escalator Over The Hill
    1969 Charlie Haden - Liberation Music Orchestra
    1969 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Tutankhamun
    1970 Joe McPhee - Nation Time
    1970 Jan Garbarek Quartet - Afric Pepperbird
    1970 Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    1970 John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond
    1972 Paul Bley - Open to Love
    1972 Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
    1973 Paul Motian - Conception Vessel
    1974 Anthony Braxton - New York, Fall 1974
    1974 Keith Jarrett - Death And The Flower
    1974 Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues
    1976 David Murray - Flowers for Albert
    1976 Sam Rivers & Dave Holland - Vol1, Vol2
    1977 Dollar Brand - The Journey
    1977 Keith Jarrett - Survivors Suite
    1977 Air - Air Time
    1977 Chico Freeman - Beyond The Rain
    1977 Cecil McBee - Compassion
    1977 Collin Walcott - Grazing Dreams
    1978 Sun Ra - Lanquidity
    1978 Leo Smith - Divine Love
    1979 Old And New Dreams - Old And New Dreams
    1979 John Surman - Upon Reflection
    1979 The Globe Unity Orchestra - Compositions
    1979 Steve Lacy - The Way

    Eric

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  5. My Pre-1980's list

    1956 Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus
    1959 Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
    1959 Sun Ra - The Nubians of Plutonia
    1960 Max Roach - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite
    1963 Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    1965 John Coltrane - Meditations
    1965 Don Cherry - Complete Communion
    1966 Paul Bley - Live In Haarlem
    1967 Albert Ayler - Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village
    1967 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear
    1969 Archie Shepp - Blasé
    1969 Pharoah Sanders - Karma
    1969 Carla Bley - Escalator Over The Hill
    1969 Charlie Haden - Liberation Music Orchestra
    1969 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Tutankhamun
    1970 Joe McPhee - Nation Time
    1970 Jan Garbarek Quartet - Afric Pepperbird
    1970 Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    1970 John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond
    1972 Paul Bley - Open to Love
    1972 Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
    1973 Paul Motian - Conception Vessel
    1974 Anthony Braxton - New York, Fall 1974
    1974 Keith Jarrett - Death And The Flower
    1974 Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues
    1976 David Murray - Flowers for Albert
    1976 Sam Rivers & Dave Holland - Vol1, Vol2
    1977 Dollar Brand - The Journey
    1977 Keith Jarrett - Survivors Suite
    1977 Air - Air Time
    1977 Chico Freeman - Beyond The Rain
    1977 Cecil McBee - Compassion
    1977 Collin Walcott - Grazing Dreams
    1978 Sun Ra - Lanquidity
    1978 Leo Smith - Divine Love
    1979 Old And New Dreams - Old And New Dreams
    1979 John Surman - Upon Reflection
    1979 The Globe Unity Orchestra - Compositions
    1979 Steve Lacy - The Way

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