Bands/Musicians The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists  

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

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

This list below has everything from Medeski Martin & Wood to Bill Frisell. Every time you vote for an item you like, or think deserves a top spot, that item has a better chance of making it to the top of the list. Don't like Gary Bartz or James Carter? Give them a thumbs down.

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

The list includes all new modern creative 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 modern creative, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into modern creative 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 modern creative bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent modern creative bands.

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

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Mark Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Horn, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

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8 3
Mark Dresser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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7 3
Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists

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4 0
Abdullah Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Folk music, Post-bop, Bebop

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5 3
Theo Jörgensmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Modal jazz, Free improvisation

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3 1
Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Folk jazz, Free jazz

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4 3
Travis Shook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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3 2
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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2 1
Muhal Richard Abrams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Post-bop, Free jazz, Modern Creative

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2 1
Paul Bley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz

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2 1
Gary Bartz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Free funk, Post-bop, Jazz

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2 1
Hans Koller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Big band, Bebop

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2 1
James Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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2 1
Irène Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation

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2 1
Milt Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz

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4 4
Peter Herbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Jazz, Modern Creative

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2 2
David Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz

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2 2
Don Byron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Klezmer, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop

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2 2
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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2 2
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

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2 2
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

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1 1
Fred Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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1 1
John Hollenbeck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Jazz, Modern Creative

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1 1
Gil Evans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz fusion

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1 1
Matthew Shipp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Creative Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz