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The Best Free Jazz Bands/Artists

Free jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good free jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top free jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Free jazz groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all free jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest free jazz bands of all time, since the most famous free jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best free jazz music.

You can click on the free jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable free jazz group. If they're near the top of the best free jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top free jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the free jazz band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different items, including Carlos Santana and The Mars Volta. Rank the best items on the list to see them get to the top. Are you one of those people that doesn't like Medeski Martin & Wood or Björk? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.

All important, significant and iconic names in free jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new free jazz bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of free jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into free jazz music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good free jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent free jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best free jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest free jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular free jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz More
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    Electronic music, Classical music, Experimental music More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
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    Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop More
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    Arthur Doyle

    Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Kozmigroov, World fusion music, World music More
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    Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz, World fusion music More
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    Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation More
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    Post-rock, Free jazz More
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    Roman Stolyar

    Art music, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Musique concrète, Experimental rock, Experimental music More
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    Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    No wave, Classical music, Noise music More
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    Electronic music, Experimental music, Alternative rock More
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    Società Anonima Decostruzionismi Organici

    Jazz, Avant-garde, Free jazz More
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    Experimental music, Free jazz, Free improvisation More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz More
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    Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop More
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    Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells

    Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free jazz More
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    Surrender to the Air

    Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Harri Sjöström

    Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz More
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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop More
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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, West Coast jazz More
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    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Free funk, Free jazz More
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    Casimir Liberski

    Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Post-bop, Free jazz, Modern Creative More
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    Post-bop, Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Noise, Jazz fusion, Noise music More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Swing music, Hard bop More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz More
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    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz More
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    Free jazz More
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    Noise music, Experimental music, Punk jazz More
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    Jazz, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz More
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    Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock More
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    Electronic music, Free jazz More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz More
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