Bands/Musicians The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists  

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Free improvisation artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good free improvisation 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 improvisation bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Free improvisation 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 improvisation bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest free improvisation bands of all time, since the most famous free improvisation artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best free improvisation music.

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

Trey Anastasio and Nels Cline are only the beginning of the artists on this list. Make sure to rock the vote by upvoting the best artists on this list. The list includes stuff like Crass and Keith Jarrett, giving you a breadth of choices.

All important, significant and iconic names in free improvisation 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 improvisation 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 improvisation, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into free improvisation 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 improvisation bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent free improvisation bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best free improvisation bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest free improvisation 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 improvisation bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Fred Frith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Fred Frith Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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Henry Cow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Henry Cow Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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AMM is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
AMM Experimental music, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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Evan Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Evan Parker Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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A Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
A Band Free improvisation

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Roman Stolyar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Roman Stolyar Art music, Jazz, Free jazz

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Chris Cutler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Chris Cutler Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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Amy Denio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Amy Denio Avant-garde jazz, Experimental rock, Free improvisation

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Phil Minton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Phil Minton Avant-garde jazz, Free improvisation

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Crass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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Cosa Brava is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Cosa Brava Experimental rock, Free improvisation

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Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Chris Speed Avant-garde jazz, Folk jazz, Free jazz

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Burkhard Stangl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Burkhard Stangl Free improvisation

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Irène Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Irène Schweizer Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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Fred Frith Guitar Quartet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Fred Frith Guitar Quartet Experimental music, Contemporary classical music, Free improvisation

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Mark Dresser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Mark Dresser Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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Keith Tippett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Keith Tippett Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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Masayuki Takayanagi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Masayuki Takayanagi Noise, Jazz, Free improvisation

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Nels Cline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Nels Cline Noise, Jazz fusion, Noise music

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Tim Hodgkinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Tim Hodgkinson Avant-progressive rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Charlie Nothing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Charlie Nothing Experimental rock, Folk rock, Free improvisation

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Feminist Improvising Group is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Feminist Improvising Group Avant-garde jazz, Experimental music, Free improvisation

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GROUND-ZERO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
GROUND-ZERO Rock music, Noise music, Power pop

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John Russell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
John Russell Free improvisation

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Company is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Company Free improvisation

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Cam Deas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists

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David Daniell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
David Daniell Experimental music, Electroacoustic music, Free improvisation

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Death Ambient is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Death Ambient Experimental rock, Ambient music, Free improvisation

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Smegma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Smegma Noise music, Free improvisation

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Wadada Leo Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Wadada Leo Smith Avant-garde jazz, Free improvisation

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Henry Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Henry Kaiser Rock music, Jazz, Free improvisation

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Iceburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Iceburn Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk jazz

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Keep the Dog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Keep the Dog Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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Igor Grigoriev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Igor Grigoriev Experimental rock, Experimental music, Contemporary classical music

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Knyaz Mishkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
knyazmishkin added Knyaz Mishkin improvised music

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Sun City Girls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Sun City Girls Soundtrack, Traditional music, Spoken word

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Squarepusher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Squarepusher Acid techno, Electronic music, Acid jazz

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Duck and Cover is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Duck and Cover Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Free improvisation

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Federico Ughi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Federico Ughi Free improvisation, Hardcore punk

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HILLMEN is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
HILLMEN added HILLMEN The goal of Hillmen is to create elastic compositions that grow, evolve, live and breathe, and change character over time. Where the composition itself becomes an organic, dynamic being. They believe that by following this path, ...

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Islak Köpek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Islak Köpek Free improvisation

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Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Skeleton Crew Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists

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Michael Jefry Stevens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Michael Jefry Stevens Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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Fred Frith and Maybe Monday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists

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Vlady Bystrov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
VladyBystrov added Vlady Bystrov Free improvisation, live-electronic, ethno-experimental

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Nmperign is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Nmperign Experimental music, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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Lindsay L. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Lindsay L. Cooper Rock music, Jazz, Free improvisation

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Peter Brötzmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Peter Brötzmann Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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Tom Cora is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Tom Cora Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music