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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

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    Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Electronic music, Classical music, Experimental music

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    Avant-garde jazz, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk

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    Jazz, Free jazz

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    added by Zaliste Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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  10. 10
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    Arthur Doyle Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz

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    Kozmigroov, World fusion music, World music

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  12. 12
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    Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz, World fusion music

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  13. 13
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    Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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  14. 14
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    Musique concrète, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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  15. 15
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    Post-rock, Free jazz

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    Roman Stolyar Art music, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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    Electronic music, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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  19. 19
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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  20. 20
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    No wave, Classical music, Noise music

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  21. 21
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    Società Anonima Decostruzionismi Organici Jazz, Avant-garde, Free jazz

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  22. 22
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    Experimental music, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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  23. 23
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    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

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    Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz

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    Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells Jazz, Free jazz

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Surrender to the Air Jazz, Free jazz

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    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, West Coast jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Free funk, Free jazz

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    Harri Sjöström Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free jazz

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    new! Albert Beger Jazz, Avant-garde, Free jazz

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    Casimir Liberski Jazz, Free jazz

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    Noise, Jazz fusion, Noise music

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    Post-bop, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Swing music, Hard bop

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    Post-bop, Free jazz, Modern Creative

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    Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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    Red Square Experimental rock, Free jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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    Rashid Bakr Free jazz

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    Nu jazz, Avant-progressive rock, Progressive metal

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