Top Avant-Garde Jazz Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
61
John Coltrane A Love Supreme Spiritual Jazz 1965
2
82
Miles Davis Bitches Brew Jazz Fusion 1970
3
340
Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! 1964
4
357
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959
5
397
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Third Stream 1963
6
464
Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity Free Jazz 1965
7
547
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz Free Jazz 1961
8
994
Andrew Hill Point of Departure 1965
9
997
Kamasi Washington The Epic Spiritual Jazz 2015
10
1093
Max Roach We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite 1961
11
1119
Peter Brötzmann Machine Gun European Free Jazz 1968
12
1198
John Coltrane Ascension Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz 1966
13
1249
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus 1960
14
1264
Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill Experimental Big Band 1971
15
1290
Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Free Jazz 1965
16
1302
Pharoah Sanders Karma Spiritual Jazz 1969
17
1345
Cecil Taylor Unit Structures Free Jazz 1966
18
1385
Ornette Coleman Change of the Century 1960
19
1413
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Experimental Big Band 1970
20
1512
Archie Shepp Fire Music 1965
21
1556
John Zorn Naked City 1990
22
1570
Cecil Taylor Conquistador! Free Jazz 1968
23
1613
Dave Holland Conference of the Birds 1973
24
1669
Anthony Braxton For Alto Free Jazz 1971
25
1786
Stan Getz Focus Cool Jazz 1961
26
1787
Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie Film Soundtrack 1970
27
1859
Sun Ra The Magic City Free Jazz 1966
28
1927
Ornette Coleman This Is Our Music 1961
29
2011
John Coltrane Interstellar Space Free Jazz 1974
30
2031
Ornette Coleman Dancing in Your Head Jazz Fusion 1977
31
2048
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Experimental Big Band Third Stream 1972
32
2070
Cecil Taylor Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come Free Jazz 1963
33
2071
Ornette Coleman At the "Golden Circle", Volume One 1966
34
2118
George Russell Ezz-Thetics Modal Jazz 1961
35
2200
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village Free Jazz 1967
36
2223
Art Ensemble of Chicago People in Sorrow 1969
37
2226
McCoy Tyner Enlightenment Spiritual Jazz Modal Jazz 1974
38
2239
Eric Dolphy At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 Post-Bop 1961
39
2262
John Coltrane Meditations Free Jazz 1966
40
2325
Ornette Coleman Science Fiction Free Jazz 1972
41
2335
Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume 2 Free Jazz 1966
42
2344
Sun Ra Space Is the Place Free Jazz 1973
43
2463
John Zorn Spillane 1987
44
2527
Archie Shepp Four for Trane 1964
45
2577
Sonny Sharrock Ask the Ages 1991
46
2631
John Coltrane Crescent Post-Bop 1964
47
2649
Air [USA] Air Lore 1979
48
2691
Art Ensemble of Chicago Nice Guys 1979
49
2719
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X Free Jazz 1986
50
2740
Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra Atlantis Experimental Big Band, Free Jazz 1969
51
2752
Roscoe Mitchell Sextet Sound Free Jazz 1966
52
2791
Don Cherry Eternal Rhythm Free Jazz 1969
53
2840
The Lounge Lizards The Lounge Lizards 1981
54
2948
Wayne Shorter The All Seeing Eye 1966
55
2959
David Murray Ming 1980
56
2970
Anthony Braxton 3 Compositions of New Jazz 1968
57
2989
Naked City Torture Garden Grindcore 1989
58
2997
Sonny Rollins East Broadway Run Down Post-Bop 1966

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues Free Jazz 1975
Jimmy Giuffre Free Fall Free Jazz 1963
Sun Ra Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy Free Jazz 1967
Art Ensemble of Chicago Fanfare for the Warriors Free Jazz 1973
John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy 1989
Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz 1971
Don Cherry Complete Communion 1966
Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor/Air Free Jazz 1961
Don Byron Tuskegee Experiments 1992
Henry Threadgill Carry the Day 1994
John Coltrane Impressions 1963
George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature Experimental Big Band 1969
Ornette Coleman At the "Golden Circle", Volume Two 1966
Eric Dolphy Iron Man Post-Bop 1969
Sun Ra Other Planes of There Free Jazz 1966
Don Ellis Electric Bath Experimental Big Band Third Stream 1967
Charles Mingus Town Hall Concert Post-Bop 1964
Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. Free Jazz 1972
John Coltrane Transition 1970
Ornette Coleman Skies of America Modern Classical, Third Stream 1972
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! 1959
Gil Evans Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix Experimental Big Band Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock 1974
Sonny Sharrock Guitar 1986
Art Ensemble of Chicago Full Force 1980
Charles Mingus The Great Concert of Charles Mingus Post-Bop 1970
Archie Shepp The Magic of Ju-Ju Free Jazz 1967
George Russell Jazz in the Space Age Modal Jazz 1960
John Zorn The Big Gundown 1986
Albert Ayler Ghosts/Vibrations Free Jazz 1965
Old and New Dreams Old and New Dreams [1979] 1979
Pharoah Sanders Black Unity Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz 1972
Ornette Coleman Ornette on Tenor Free Jazz 1962
John Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard Again! Free Jazz 1966
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance Post-Bop 1956
Wayne Shorter Super Nova Jazz Fusion 1969
Hugh Hopper 1984 Canterbury Scene 1973
Bill Frisell Lookout for Hope Jazz Fusion 1987
Kamasi Washington Harmony of Difference EP Spiritual Jazz 2017
Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers Free Jazz 1970
Don Cherry Symphony for Improvisers Free Jazz 1967
Evan Parker Saxophone Solos European Free Jazz Free Improvisation 1976
Sun Ra When Sun Comes Out Free Jazz 1963
David S. Ware Godspelized Spiritual Jazz 1997
Sun Ra Arkestra Sunrise in Different Dimensions Free Jazz Post-Bop 1981
Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden Soapsuds Soapsuds Free Jazz 1979
Archie Shepp The Way Ahead Free Jazz 1968
Sam Rivers Streams Free Jazz 1973
Archie Shepp Mama Too Tight Free Jazz 1966
Alice Coltrane Ptah, the El Daoud Spiritual Jazz 1970
Bobby Hutcherson Dialogue Modal Jazz, Post-Bop 1965
Cecil Taylor For Olim Free Jazz 1987
McCoy Tyner Echoes of a Friend 1972
Keith Tippett Mujician 1982
John Zorn Kristallnacht 1993
Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 Free Jazz 1976
Joe Harriott Abstract Free Jazz 1962
John Coltrane Sun Ship 1971
Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes Trio Music 1982
Dave Holland & Sam Rivers Dave Holland & Sam Rivers Vol. 1 1976
Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra Angels and Demons at Play Third Stream 1965
Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Free Jazz 2006
John Coltrane The John Coltrane Quartet Plays Modal Jazz 1965
Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers Third Stream 2012
Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile Spiritual Jazz 2013
McCoy Tyner Supertrios 1977
Krzysztof Komeda Astigmatic Post-Bop 1966
The Revolutionary Ensemble The People's Republic Free Jazz 1975
Evan Parker 50th Birthday Concert European Free Jazz 1994
Joe Harriott Free Form 1960
Jackie McLean New & Old Gospel 1967
Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur Libres 2011
Sam Rivers Contours Post-Bop 1965
Ornette Coleman Ornette! Free Jazz 1962
Sam Rivers Crystals Experimental Big Band, Free Jazz 1974
12Twelve L'univers Free Jazz Post-Rock 2006
Jason Moran Black Stars 2001