ESP DISK

For my money, this 1964 ESP album is a minor 60s free-jazz classic. Byron Allen was introduced to ESP by Ornette Coleman, and this, his only recording until a 2nd album appeared 15 years later, is very much in the Ornette trio vein, although not as...

"Among the most artistically successful alchemists of Indie Psychedelic Folk, Maine-based duo Arborea consists of Shanti Curran (vocals, banjo, "banjimer" [a banjo-dulcimer hybrid], harmonium, ukulele, sawing fiddle, and hammered dulcimer) and Buck...

"Albert Ayler's trio with Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray is best known for the July 10, 1964, recording of Spiritual Unity, the album that made both Ayler and ESP-Disk' famous when it was released in 1965. A decade after that, in 1975, ESP-Disk' also released, as Prophecy, the first documentation of the group, recorded a month before Spiritual Unity by Canadian poet Paul Haines at a concert at a 91st Street club. These Cellar Café recordings are augmented here beyond the five cuts from the original...

Recorded July 25th, 1970 during Ayler's final concert series. Quite good sound quality for something was sitting in the vaults for 35 years and a minor revelation! Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, soprano, musette, vocal); Allen Blairman (drums); Steve...

"Michael Snow is a Canadian national treasure, a true Renaissance man. He assembled a stellar group to improvise a sound track for his art film, titled Walking Woman, featuring a silhouette that is rumored to have been inspired by Carla Bley."...

"Albert Ayler's Spirits Rejoice was recorded at Albury Judson Hall (now Cami Hall) on West 57th Street in New York City, by engineer David Hancock . This recording, which was recorded at 30 IPS, rather than the customary 15 IPS to achieve the highest p...

In my opinion, if you have to pick one album to answer the question of "What was Albert Ayler's music all about?", this is that album. As Chip Stern said, "This clocks in at only 29:31, but I guarantee you won't spend a more intense half-hour in your...

This radio performance, from Hilversum, Holland, November 9, 1964, is the last known recording by Albert's most famous early quartet: Albert Ayler-tenor sax, Don Cherry-cornet, Gary Peacock-bass and Sunny Murray...

"In Search of the Mystery, Gato Barbieri's debut album as leader, was recorded March 15, 1967, on the heels of his work on Don Cherry's famed Blue Note recordings: Complete Communion and Symphony for Improvisers. This avant-jazz masterpiece from the...

If you read the musican credits at the bottom of this listing, you will see that Barnacled is basically an offshoot of Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. Every musician bar Michael has been a member of the Eyesores at one time or another...

Ran's very first album, recorded in NYC on May 1, 1965.
"Ran Blake performs his own compositions and works by Ornette Colman and George Russell as well as offering distinguished arrangements of such standards as "There'll Be Some Changes Made"...

New issue of a classic early free-jazz work, featuring the compositions of Carla Bley and including Marshall Allen, Dewey Johnson, Eddie Gomez and Milford Graves.

"Pianist Paul Bley's early ESP free jazz session combines the influence of the..

"Featured artists: Paul Bley (piano); Barry Altschul (percussion); Steve Swallow (bass). Subtle and ambient with periods of musical explosion. Digitally remastered from the original tapes. Manufactured in the USA by the original label. On December 12...

This was the only solo album by the long-serving bassist for Sun Ra and it was also (I believe) the final album on ESP from the 1970s. Really nice, kinda somewhere between proto-kozmigroov, acoustic spacey jazz and free jazz that I've enjoyed for years...

Don Cherry (trumpet); Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone); Bo Stief (bass); Karl Berger (vibraphone); Aldo Romano (drums).

"The final volume of this three-part series, containing two extended performances of 'Complete Communion' and 'Remembrance.'..

Never-before released! With Don Cherry (trumpet), Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone), Bo Stief (bass), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Aldo Romano (drums). The opening set at the Café Montmartre is presented here.

This is the earliest recordings available (the band's first public performance!) by what is probably my favorite Ornette band - the trio of Ornette, bassist David Izenson and drummer Charles Moffit. The only dissapointment is that the album is only...

"Already commercially successful as tune-smiths for teenyboppers, Austin Grasmere and Brian Elliot approached Bernard Stollman looking to focus their talents on something more original and unrestrained. Stollman asked, 'What would be your theme?' and...

“Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013's ESP-Disk' release Fortress of the Sun.
Buck's music has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea, and the experience of playing blues and folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho...

A classic ESP release, recorded July 27, 1965 and ESP's 12th release. Davidson was a pianist who was recommended to ESP by Ornette Coleman. Guitarist Joe Morris has spoken frequently of his work with Lowell Davidson. Davidson is very well supported...

"Best known for his collaborations with Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower and Thurston Moore as well as a year-and-a-half stint as the drummer for Björk's Volta tour, Chris Corsano is widely considered to be one of the most adaptive drummers of hiS...

"John D. Thomas's band of the 1980s, Serious Business (heard on Serious Business, focused on his fusion and "free funk" compositions played with an electric sound. Extremely Serious Business marked a turning point, a return to a more acoustic setting...

Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone); Joe Morris (bass); Charles Downs (drums).

"Rejuvenation is the first studio recording from Flow Trio, a powerful tenor sax/bass/drums trio in the tradition of 60s free jazz with an up-to-the-minute sense of...

This archival release presents Charles Gayle-tenor and bass clarinet, Michael Bisio-bass, Michael Wimberly-drums in a previously unheard live recording from September 19, 1994 in Santa Monica, CA.

"Percussionist Milford Graves recorded his first and only ESP-Disk recording on August 5th, 1966 along with fellow percussionist, the late Sonny Morgan. According to Milford Graves, the titles were given numbers according to how many beats were in each me

Also known as "Burton Greene Quartet".
"Reissue of the 1st Burton Greene album on ESP-Disk, recorded 12/18/65. Featuring Burton Greene (piano, ), Marion Brown (alto saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), Dave Grant (percussion), Frank Smith (tenor), Tom..

"As one of the most recorded bassists in the ESP-Disk catalog, Henry Grimes made his debut on ESP with Perry Robinson on clarinet, lending his unique Klezmer approach to the New Music. This adventurous album is motivating and inviting to the listener...

"Recorded in Holland on December 21, 1966, Music From Europe was a strong statement of European free jazz from one of its first and strongest leaders. Over the beautifully structured compositional suites are strong blowing and improvising by both the...

"The Rounders first electric outing from '67, and the only one to feature their most cosmos-expanding lineup (including playwright Sam Shephard). This is the sound of speed-shooting hillbillies discovering the secrets of life in the sewers below...

A very early recording by the band featuring the duo of Peter Stampfel (banjo, fiddle, violin, arranger, vocals, electric fiddle) and Steve Weber (guitar, arranger, vocals).

"A rousing live album from the Rounders featuring songs spanning...

Infamous (that title, baby!), never-before released free-jazz session makes its first appearance here!

"Despite the profound obscurity of Norman Howard’s music, and that of his mate Joe Phillips, it’s crucial as a window not only into...

This is a one hour documentary, produced and directed by Alan Roth.
Featured performers include: Denis Charles, Glenn Spearman, Wilber Morris, Joseph Jarman, Peter Brötzmann, John Tchicai, Sun Ra and his Arkestra, In Order To Survive...

Three major names here: Oliver Lake, David Murray and Wadada Leo Smith, along with Michael, who is much lesser known but a fine guitarist.

"Before his career defining records on Arista/Novus in the 80s and 90s, jazz and fusion guitarist Michael..

Classic ESP release, recorded May 10, 1965. Yes, this is the same Bob James who practically invented 'smooth and happy jazz', but this is a completely different animal and features the great Barre Phillips.

"Probably the first recording of...

Mat Walerian: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
Matthew Shipp: piano
Hamid Drake: drums, percussion

"The surprise here is twofold; first, the discovery of a new voice, Polish reedsman Mat Walerian and second, the opportunity to hear pianist Matthew Shipp in his most sympathetic supporting role."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

"Stepping into the Silence, this is literary music, epic little bouts of brilliance. That expands and stretches across what you might call instan

"Lindha Kallerdahl (grand piano, organ, vocals). Lindha Kallerdahl, born in 1972, studied jazz at the renowned Swedish Jazz-Schools Skurup near Malmö and Birka in Stockholm during 1993-1996. Situated in Stockholm, she early came in touch with free music..

"Following up the critically acclaimed 2008 release, Stéphane Furic Leibovici and Chris Cheek return for this second volume, produced by Jim Black and featuring the alto saxophone giant Lee Konitz. An achievement in balance and taste, the resulting...

A classic ESP release, recorded in concert October 8, 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a good band, all of whom would go on to some renown and all getting their first international recognition here: Enrico Rava-trumpet, Johnny Dyani-bass and Louis...

When Last Exit, a supergroup of musical avantists and trouble-makers first appeared in the mid 1980s, I can not begin to explain what a shock they were to the jazz and improvised music scene. Here were three well established jazz and improvisational....

This 1966 recording by one of the founding members of the Little Theatre Club (thereby one of the founding members of the English free jazz movement) is considered one of the first recordings of UK free jazz. A pretty amazing lineup: Nisar Ahmad Khan...

"More, Giuseppi Logan's second album, has two tracks from the same legendary May 1st, 1965 Town Hall concert, produced by ESP-Disk' owner Bernard Stollman, that gave us Albert Ayler's Bells. This ESP-Disk' 50th anniversary remaster edition includes...

"On November 11th, 1964, Giuseppi Logan went to Bell Sound Studios to record his first album for the newly-formed ESP-Disk label. Bernard Stollman discovered Giuseppi and others who would form the nucleus of his label at the October Revolution Concert...

"This historical session, recorded in 1973 for ESP-Disk, was tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe's debut as leader and is one of his most electrifying earlier efforts. Black Beings features all original Lowe material, with Joseph Jarman on alto and soprano...

"This previously unreleased recording features the remaining music from the legendary concert that produced Lowe's ESP-Disk's debut as a leader, Black Beings. This recording features Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Joseph Jarman in perhaps his...

"It is an important work that needs to be heard."-Bernard Stollman, ESP-Disk founder.
Fay Victor, Walter Egan, Charles Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Freedy Johnston, Mary Gauthier, Cooper-Moore, Carmina Escobar, Matthew Ryan, Jennie Knaggs, Ed Pettersen, Thollem McDonas – vocals
Thollem McDonas – piano
Ed Pettersen - guitar and effects
Pete Abbott - drums
Jeff Lederer – saxophone

“Happening: A Movement In 12 Acts is a treatise with spoken and sung libretto by various artists about

"When MIJ, aka Jim Holmberg was found by ESP-Disk's Bernard Stollman, yodeling by the fountain in Washington Square Park, on a hot summer Sunday afternoon in 1969, he explained that an auto accident had fractured his skull and impaired his hearing...

"The great improvising guitarist, Joe Morris, returns with Luther Gray on drums and adds the masterful string section of Katt Hernandez on violin and Junko Fujiwara Simons on cello for his follow up to 2009's Colorfield. Drawing inspiration from the

Joe Morris returns both to the guitar and to ESP-Disk' with the long form improvisation album 'Colorfield'. Much as the Colorfield painters simplified their compositions to evoke emotion with color, this trio emphasizes harmony, phrase, tempo and rhythm..

"Classic and important '66 release from the innovative drummer Sunny Murray in a quintet session, remastered and with bonus interview track between Murray and ESP label founder Bernard Stollman."...

"Recorded 8/8/08 in Portland, OR, The Naked Future, is a quartet of four drunken wizards conjuring up a heady brew. Their diverse backgrounds – from the classical, rock and experimental realms – forge a release modernist in its construction with more...