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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
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music
2
Crass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock
3
Tim Hodgkinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock
4
Nels Cline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Noise, Jazz fusion, Noise music
5
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
makson.gromov90 added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
6
Henry Cow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion
7
Evan Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation
8
AMM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Free jazz, Free improvisation
9
A Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Free improvisation
10
Tom Cora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music
11
Fred Frith and Maybe Monday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
12
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
13
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music
14
Peter Brötzmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz
15
Masayuki Takayanagi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Noise, Jazz, Free improvisation
16
Amy Denio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Experimental rock, Free improvisation
17
Fred Frith Guitar Quartet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Contemporary classical music, Free improvisation
18
Phil Minton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Free improvisation
19
Sun City Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Soundtrack, Traditional music, Spoken word
20
Chris Cutler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music
21
Roman Stolyar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Art music, Jazz, Free jazz
22
Keith Tippett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation
23
Mark Dresser is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz
24
Irène Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation
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Burkhard Stangl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Free Improvisation Bands/Artists
Free improvisation