Top Free Jazz Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
464
Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity 1965
2
547
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz 1961
3
1119
Peter Brötzmann Machine Gun European Free Jazz 1968
4
1198
John Coltrane Ascension Spiritual Jazz 1966
5
1290
Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra 1965
6
1345
Cecil Taylor Unit Structures 1966
7
1570
Cecil Taylor Conquistador! 1968
8
1669
Anthony Braxton For Alto 1971
9
1859
Sun Ra The Magic City 1966
10
2011
John Coltrane Interstellar Space 1974
11
2070
Cecil Taylor Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come 1963
12
2200
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village 1967
13
2262
John Coltrane Meditations 1966
14
2325
Ornette Coleman Science Fiction 1972
15
2335
Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume 2 1966
16
2344
Sun Ra Space Is the Place 1973
17
2719
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X 1986
18
2740
Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra Atlantis Experimental Big Band 1969
19
2752
Roscoe Mitchell Sextet Sound 1966
20
2791
Don Cherry Eternal Rhythm 1969

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues 1975
Jimmy Giuffre Free Fall 1963
Sun Ra Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy 1967
Art Ensemble of Chicago Fanfare for the Warriors 1973
Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness Spiritual Jazz 1971
Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor/Air 1961
Sun Ra Other Planes of There 1966
Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. 1972
Archie Shepp The Magic of Ju-Ju 1967
Albert Ayler Ghosts/Vibrations 1965
Pharoah Sanders Black Unity Spiritual Jazz 1972
Ornette Coleman Ornette on Tenor 1962
John Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard Again! 1966
Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers 1970
Don Cherry Symphony for Improvisers 1967
Evan Parker Saxophone Solos European Free Jazz Free Improvisation 1976
Sun Ra When Sun Comes Out 1963
Sun Ra Arkestra Sunrise in Different Dimensions Post-Bop 1981
Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden Soapsuds Soapsuds 1979
Archie Shepp The Way Ahead 1968
Sam Rivers Streams 1973
Archie Shepp Mama Too Tight 1966
Cecil Taylor For Olim 1987
Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 1976
Joe Harriott Abstract 1962
Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar 2006
The Revolutionary Ensemble The People's Republic 1975
Evan Parker 50th Birthday Concert European Free Jazz 1994
Ornette Coleman Ornette! 1962
Sam Rivers Crystals Experimental Big Band 1974
12Twelve L'univers Post-Rock 2006