A good introduction to free jazz?

Discussion in 'Music' started by wiufcaoltp, May 22, 2004.

  1. wiufcaoltp

    wiufcaoltp Welcome To The Interzone

    Could someone please supply me with a list? Remember, I'm not asking for the best ones exactly, just ones it would be good to start with.
  2. Frank Zappa:

    Roxy & Elsewhere

    Chungas revenge

    Hot Rats

    Waka Jawaka

    Birdsongs of the Mezoic:

    Irdium Controversy

    Frog Café

    first 2 CD's
  3. cotter builds

    cotter builds Member

    of course theres also miles davis, lionel hampton is my favourite. benny goodman is some good stuff too.....but lionel hampton is an awesome vibes player.
  4. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    Of course Ornette Coleman is essential. I recommend The Shape of Jazz to Come, that's probably the most important album of the free jazz movement.

    Also, Cecil Taylor, who was basically the creator of free jazz.

    Of course there are some albums by Coltrane which fit this category too. You also have Don Cherry, Sun Ra, Eric Dolphy and Charlie Haden, among others... All dabbled in free jazz at one point or another in some variation.

    I have a album on tape of the Manfred Shoof Quintet. This is the most well-known free jazz group from Germany and featured Jaki Liebezeit in the early 60's. Their work is hard to find, but it's out there and certainly worth a listen.
  5. scarlettchasingroses

    scarlettchasingroses strawberry tart

    definetly ornette coleman....he is the man...
  6. thisismike

    thisismike Overlooked/Uninvited

    I'll give you two suggestions..

    Miles Davis - Kind of blue (laid back and mellow)

    John Coltrane - A love supreme (Intense and inspired)

    Two GREAT recordings.

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