The Best Free Jazz Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Free Jazz Bands/Artists

621 votes 65 voters 11,030 views 145 items tags f p @

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 artists, including Carlos Santana and The Mars Volta. Rank the best artists 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.

Tweet this or Facebook it to make sure your friends weigh in too. (145 items)


List Photo: user uploaded image
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 30
    - 4

    A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things, Giant Steps

    ;
  2. 2
    + 19
    - 4

    The Shape of Jazz to Come, At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, ...

    ;
  3. 3
    + 16
    - 3

    Spiritual Unity, Love Cry, New Grass

    ;
  4. 4
    + 17
    - 4

    Beyond Quantum, One in Two – Two in One, 3 Compositions of New Jazz

    ;
  5. 5
    + 12
    - 2

    added by Zaliste
    ‘Out to Lunch!’, Cornell 1964, Straight Ahead

    ;
  6. 6
    + 10
    - 1

    Jazz in Silhouette, The Solar-Myth Approach, Volume 2

    ;
  7. 7
    + 11
    - 2

    Karma, Jewels of Thought, Tauhid

    ;
  8. 8
    + 7
    - 1

    Grand Guignol, Heretic, Absinthe

    ;
  9. 9
    + 10
    - 4
    No image

    The Abysmal Richness of the Infinite Proximity of the Same, Lobster and ...

    ;
  10. 10
    + 11
    - 5

    Metal Fatigue, Road Games, Heavy Machinery

    ;
  11. 11
    + 11
    - 5

    The Damage Is Done, For Adolphe Sax, No Nothing

    ;
  12. 12
    + 11
    - 5
    No image

    Do the Breakdown, The Basement Tapes, The Songwriter

  13. 13
    + 5
    - 0

    added by slaft
    Alternate Takes, Money Jungle, Blues & Roots

    ;
  14. 14
    + 6
    - 1

    El Corazón, Codona 3, Codona 2

    ;
  15. 15
    + 11
    - 7
    ;
  16. 16
    + 9
    - 5

    Tone Time, C-D-E, Later ...

    ;
  17. 17
    + 6
    - 2
    No image
    ;
  18. 18
    + 7
    - 4

    Requiem for What's-His-Name, Scelsi Morning, The Prosthetic Cubans

    ;
  19. 19
    + 4
    - 1

    50th Birthday Celebration, Volume 4, Masada: Gimel

    ;
  20. 20
    + 3
    - 0

    Couple In Spirit, Mujician III (August Air), The Dartington Concert

    ;
  21. 21
    + 7
    - 5
    No image

    L'Univers, Speritismo, Tears

    ;
  22. 22
    + 7
    - 5

    Evil Metal, Biombos, Live at the Knitting Factory New York City

    ;
  23. 23
    + 7
    - 5
    No image
  24. 24
    + 7
    - 5
    No image
  25. 25
    + 6
    - 4

    Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007, Arms, Music of the Modern ...

    ;
  26. 26
    + 6
    - 4

    The Ongoing Strings, Skilfullness

    ;
  27. 27
    + 5
    - 3

    Sad, The Inkling, Destroy All Nels Cline

    ;
  28. 28
    + 5
    - 3

    Streaming, Things to Come From Those Now Gone, Song For All

    ;
  29. 29
    + 5
    - 3

    The Chronological Classics: Mary Lou Williams 1949-1951, The Chronological ...

    ;
  30. 30
    + 4
    - 2

    Firebirds, The Cry!

    ;
  31. 31
    + 4
    - 2

    Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley, Introducing Paul Bley, Ballads

    ;
  32. 32
    + 4
    - 2

    Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk

    ;
  33. 33
    + 3
    - 1

    Manhattan Moods, Natural Illusions, Oblique

    ;
  34. 34
    + 3
    - 1

    Fuchsia Swing Song, Crystals, Contours

    ;
  35. 35
    + 3
    - 1
    No image

    AMMMusic, Before Driving to the Chapel We Took Coffee with Rick and ...

    ;
  36. 36
    + 3
    - 1

    Belonging, Personal Mountains, La Scala

    ;
  37. 37
    + 2
    - 0

    added by slaft
    Historic Concerts, Mixed, In Florescence

    ;
  38. 38
    + 4
    - 3
    ;
  39. 39
    + 4
    - 3

    Belonging, Time Being, Requiem for a Dreamer

    ;
  40. 40
    + 3
    - 2
    No image
  41. 41
    + 2
    - 1

    All Strings Attached, The Lift, Back Together Again

    ;
  42. 42
    + 2
    - 1
  43. 43
    + 2
    - 1

    Chest, Sad, Silencer

    ;
  44. 44
    + 2
    - 1

    Arc of the Testimony, The Last Wave

    ;
  45. 45
    + 2
    - 1

    Seasons, Sacred Ground, Fast Life

    ;
  46. 46
    + 2
    - 1
    No image
  47. 47
    + 2
    - 1
    No image

    Surrender to the Air

  48. 48
    + 2
    - 1

    Music and Dance, The Topography of the Lungs, Harras

    ;
  49. 49
    + 1
    - 0

    added by slaft
    Crazy Backwards Alphabet, The Sweet Sunny North, Volume 2

    ;
  50. 50
    + 1
    - 0

    added by slaft
    In Full Cry, Blessed, Tales of Rohnlief

146 +

Something missing? Add it!

1 - 50 of 145

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >