Top Avant-Garde Jazz Albums




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RankAll Time
Rank
ArtistAlbumYearSubgenre(s)Other Genre(s)
1 78 John Coltrane A Love Supreme 1965 Spiritual Jazz
2 92 Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1970 Jazz Fusion
3 378 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959
4 409 Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! 1964
5 524 Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady 1963 Third Stream
6 618 Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity 1965 Free Jazz
7 664 Ornette Coleman Free Jazz 1961 Free Jazz
8 1194 Andrew Hill Point of Departure 1965
9 1233 Max Roach We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite 1961
10 1235 John Coltrane Ascension 1966 Free Jazz
Spiritual Jazz
11 1293 Charles Mingus Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus 1960
12 1378 Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill 1971 Experimental Big Band
13 1381 Peter Brötzmann Machine Gun 1968 European Free Jazz
14 1423 Ornette Coleman Change of the Century 1960
15 1503 John Zorn Naked City 1990
16 1603 Archie Shepp Fire Music 1965
17 1621 Pharoah Sanders Karma 1969 Spiritual Jazz
18 1708 Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra 1965 Free Jazz
19 1790 Dave Holland Conference of the Birds 1973
20 1792 Cecil Taylor Conquistador! 1967 Free Jazz
21 1803 Cecil Taylor Unit Structures 1966 Free Jazz
22 1847 Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra 1970 Experimental Big Band
23 1867 Anthony Braxton For Alto 1971 Free Jazz
24 1902 Ornette Coleman Dancing in Your Head 1977 Jazz Fusion
25 1903 Cecil Taylor Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come 1963 Free Jazz
26 2020 Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music 1972 Experimental Big Band Third Stream
27 2046 Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie 1970 Film Soundtrack
28 2058 Sun Ra The Magic City 1966 Free Jazz
29 2095 Albert Ayler Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village 1967 Free Jazz
30 2136 Stan Getz Focus 1961 Cool Jazz
31 2168 George Russell Ezz-Thetics 1961 Modal Jazz
32 2175 John Coltrane Meditations 1966 Free Jazz
33 2188 John Zorn Spillane 1987
34 2225 Ornette Coleman At the Golden Circle, Volume One 1966
35 2294 McCoy Tyner Enlightenment 1974 Spiritual Jazz Modal Jazz
36 2306 Eric Dolphy At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 1961 Post-Bop
37 2339 John Coltrane Interstellar Space 1974 Free Jazz
38 2369 Sun Ra Space Is the Place 1973 Free Jazz
39 2452 Ornette Coleman This Is Our Music 1961
40 2485 Sonny Sharrock Ask the Ages 1991
41 2491 Archie Shepp Four for Trane 1964
42 2588 Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X 1986 Free Jazz
43 2644 Ornette Coleman Science Fiction 1972 Free Jazz
44 2687 Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra Atlantis 1969 Experimental Big Band
Free Jazz
45 2721 The Lounge Lizards The Lounge Lizards 1981
46 2737 John Coltrane Crescent 1964 Post-Bop
47 2759 Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume 2 1966 Free Jazz
48 2787 Art Ensemble of Chicago People in Sorrow 1969
49 2794 Art Ensemble of Chicago Nice Guys 1979
50 2798 Jimmy Giuffre Free Fall 1963 Free Jazz
51 2804 Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues 1975 Free Jazz
52 2814 Wayne Shorter The All Seeing Eye 1965
53 2841 Naked City Torture Garden 1989 Experimental
Grindcore
54 2883 Air [USA] Air Lore 1979
55 2907 Roscoe Mitchell Sextet Sound 1966 Free Jazz
56 2997 Anthony Braxton 3 Compositions of New Jazz 1968


Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness 1971 Free Jazz
Spiritual Jazz
John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy 1989
Sun Ra Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy 1967 Free Jazz
Sonny Rollins East Broadway Run Down 1966 Post-Bop
David Murray Ming 1980
Art Ensemble of Chicago Fanfare for the Warriors 1973 Free Jazz
Don Cherry Complete Communion 1966
Charles Mingus Town Hall Concert 1964 Post-Bop
Ornette Coleman At the Golden Circle, Volume Two 1966
Don Byron Tuskegee Experiments 1992
George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature 1969 Experimental Big Band
Don Cherry Eternal Rhythm 1969 Free Jazz
Eric Dolphy Iron Man 1969 Post-Bop
Don Ellis Electric Bath 1967 Experimental Big Band Third Stream
John Coltrane Impressions 1963
John Coltrane Transition 1970
Charles Mingus The Great Concert of Charles Mingus 1970 Post-Bop
Ornette Coleman Skies of America 1972 Modern Classical
Third Stream
Gil Evans Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix 1974 Experimental Big Band Jazz Fusion
Jazz-Rock
John Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard Again! 1966 Free Jazz
Ornette Coleman Ornette on Tenor 1962 Free Jazz
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! 1959
Henry Threadgill Carry the Day 1994
Art Ensemble of Chicago Full Force 1980
Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. 1972 Free Jazz
George Russell Jazz in the Space Age 1960 Modal Jazz
Hugh Hopper 1984 1973 Canterbury Scene
Sonny Sharrock Guitar 1986
Albert Ayler Ghosts/Vibrations 1965 Free Jazz
Pharoah Sanders Black Unity 1972 Free Jazz
Spiritual Jazz
Archie Shepp The Magic of Ju-Ju 1967 Free Jazz
John Zorn The Big Gundown 1986
Old and New Dreams Old and New Dreams [1979] 1979
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance 1956 Post-Bop
Sun Ra Other Planes of There 1966 Free Jazz
Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor/Air 1961 Free Jazz
Don Cherry Symphony for Improvisers 1967 Free Jazz
Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers 1970 Free Jazz
Archie Shepp The Way Ahead 1968 Free Jazz
Wayne Shorter Super Nova 1969 Jazz Fusion
Sun Ra When Sun Comes Out 1963 Free Jazz
Evan Parker Saxophone Solos 1976 European Free Jazz Free Improvisation
Bill Frisell Lookout for Hope 1987 Jazz Fusion
Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 1976 Free Jazz



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