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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...

Nisar Ahmad Khan-tenor sax
John Surman-baritone and soprano sax (making his recording debut!)
Peter Lemer-piano
Tony Reeves-bass
Jon Hiseman-drums

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.
Even more wonderfully, on February 20, 2018, ALL the musicians who appear on this album appeared at a show to celebrate t

NOTE: We have exactly 30 copies at this very, very special price and when they are gone, the price will go up to our ‘normal’ ESP price of $14.00!

Alan Skidmore-tenor sax
John Surman-baritone and soprano sax
Peter Lemer-piano
Tony Reeves-bass
Jon Hiseman-drums

The core of this group -- John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Peter Lemer, Tony Reeves, and Jon Hiseman -- recorded an LP titled Local Colour for ESP-Disk' in 1966. Pianist and leader Lemer was one of the founding

"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...

“Saxophonist/guitarist/composer/music historian/ provocateur Allen Lowe spans the history of jazz in his music in a way that few besides Jaki Byard, Beaver Harris, Steven Bernstein, and Air have ever done, intertwining blues, early jazz, bebop, and the avant-garde.
A prolific composer who was incorporating American roots music into his jazz decades before it was hip, he has led project bands featuring a broad array of jazz greats ranging from Doc Cheatham, Randy Sandke, Joe Albany, Don Byron, Ken....

"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

William Parker – bass
Nels Cline - electric guitar/effects
Thollem McDonas - piano

“Gowanus Session II was seven years in the planning. Thollem McDonas, Nels Cline, and William Parker convened at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn on January 3rd, 2012 and recorded two complete albums. The first was Gowanus Session I, released by Porter Records in April of 2012. GS II was put aside to eventually complete the five-album palindromic cycle of trio albums Nels and Thollem ambitiously set out to...

"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...

Improvising group featuring Elliot Levin (vocals, saxes, flute) & Rick Iannacone (vocals, guitar), both of whom have played with Keith Macksoud (Present) and Paul Sears (Muffins) in Thee Maximalists along with Steve Testa (bass) and John Testa (drums)...

Larry Ochs – saxophones
Donald Robinson – drums

“Ochs is a founding member of the great ROVA Saxophone Quartet, one of the Bay Area's avant-garde treasures since 1978. Robinson -- "a percussive dervish", according to Coda -- was the drummer of choice for ROVA's revivification of John Coltrane's Ascension. The East Bay Express has said of the saxophonist's sound, "Ochs' full-bodied tenor is out of the John Coltrane/Albert Ayler 'free' tradition: forceful, passionate," while the Chicago Reader..

Mat Walerian - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker - double bass, shakuhachi
Hamid Drake - drums, percussion

"Walerian is alternately introspective and fiery, and the passion of Jungle at times recalls David S. Ware's groups . . . They both soothe the soul and make the heart race . . . Walerian has obviously been studying Ware, Coltrane and their ilk . . . he's on his way to becoming a free-jazz force." --Steve Greenlee on the..

Ivo Perelman - tenor saxophone
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Bobby Kapp – drums

"Kapp is an excellent choice as Perelman's assessment is on the mark... 'he's very sensitive to time and space. He is dancing at the drum kit...' And while the frontline rolls along with the improvisational game-plan, Kapp's buoyant timekeeping faculties add a poetic quality to the rhythmic foundation along with Parker's resonating lines and fluid attack. The artists do what they do best by.

All of the radio broadcasts by Bud from the Royal Roost in 1953. Quite good sound for what it is and manna for boppers!

"Bud Powell ranks as one of the most vital and influential pianists in jazz history. Captured here at his peak and recorded...

Thollem McDonas – keyboards
Nels Cline - electric guitars
Michael Wimberly – drums
Recorded by Justin Frye at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY Sept. 13, 2017.

“This album was recorded during Thollem McDonas's 2017 residency at Brooklyn-based multi-discipline mecca Pioneer Works. It's the second by Radical Empathy, which combines three uncategorizable improvisors. Michael Wimberly has been astonishing folks since his days in Charles Gayle bands and Steve Coleman & Five Elements in the...

“Despite the obvious obstacles, this singular San Francisco Bay Area band is staying on mission, moving forward. Over its four-plus decades the quartet has defined itself by applying an array of improvisational strategies to an ever-expanding body of new music.
The Circumference of Reason includes six tracks composed or, in the case of "NC17", designed between 2011 and 2016; then -- in typical ROVA fashion -- the pieces were worked over and performed by the quartet in rehearsals and concerts until...

Pretty amazing and fascinating archival release of more than half unreleased material from the very earliest days of Pharoah's career.

"This four CD set documents the first recordings of the iconic tenor saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders, prior to...

Matthew Shipp – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Newman Taylor Baker – drums
“Matthew Shipp has established himself as the premier jazz pianist of his generation over the course of a three-decade career including many acclaimed albums under his own name plus his prominent tenure in the David S. Ware Quartet and a vast array of collaborations with the likes of Spring Heel Jack, Ivo Perelman, Sabir Mateen, Darius Jones, Joe Morris, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Walerian, and many more. ESP-Disk' in its...

Matthew Shipp - piano
Mat Walerian - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet
Michael Bisio - bass
Whit Dickey - drums

"After a duo album and two trio albums by Matthew Shipp and Mat Walerian, all for ESP-Disk', they offer a quartet album that continues their strategy of working with different musicians each time out. Michael Bisio and Whit Dickey are long-time collaborators with Shipp, but the addition of Walerian's Zen style changes the dynamics of their interactions. Walerian and..

Matthew Shipp – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Newman Taylor Baker - drums

“Downbeat calls Matthew Shipp "an elder statesman on the free-jazz scene." Perhaps it is odd in a way to think of someone so energetic and prolific as "elder," or so outspoken as "statesman," yet Downbeat (Bill Milkowski) is right. Shipp turns 60 this December. When he speaks, people listen (the old E.F. Hutton commercials come to mind). With Andrew Hill, Mal Waldron, Cecil Taylor, Horace Tapscott, Randy Weston, and...

"In the first part of his career, Matthew Shipp avoided solo recordings, saying he wasn't ready -- and the first solo album he made, Symbol Systems (1995), happened by accident when the other player on the session didn't show up. Since then, his style expanded and matured and he recorded prolifically, including a number of solo albums, but they have remained special events, distinct statements of purpose. Zero continues in this tradition. But, of course, it is the music itself which speaks most...

Recorded August 30, 1966. Simmons play alto sax and this was his debut as a leader. It's a good, free-with-themes 1966 style adventurous ESP album and he's good a good band here: Barbara Donald-trumpet, John...

"Alan Sondheim was the young, exuberant leader of a pack of improvisers in their communal loft in Providence, Rhode Island. Undaunted by attempts to categorize electronic music as the province of academic tinkerers, a cold, unfriendly realm, with its...

"Sondheim is the first artist from ESP-Disk's 1964-75 heyday to return, since it was revived in 2005, to issue an album of new material on the fabled label. Sondheim joined the roster with a 1967 session, Ritual-All-7-70, then followed up with 1968's...

"Composed by bassist/composer Stephane Furic Leibovici (The Twitter Machine, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry -- Soul Note Records) this 'trio music is based on compositional material which is developed through organic means (not repetitive means).'...

This is a pretty great archival find and release and is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping that Mr. Stollman would find and release as he reactivates ESP and goes through the archives. Hey college students!...

2006 ESP edition; "Compared to the original pressing, this re-issue is digitally remastered by Joe Phillips and includes brief liner notes by ESP label founder Bernard Stollman. Recorded at Town Hall NYC, December 22, 1973, this concert was one of the...

"Together for the first time, ESP-Disk' is proud to present all three volumes of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra in a gorgeous fold out digipack. Originally released as two volumes in 1966, and with a third volume uncovered in 2005, the landmark...

"The Brooklyn duo Talibam!'s first ESP Disk release, Boogie In The Breeze Blocks, is a narrative earful as warped and wonderful as spicy pasta, fresh grapes and caramel crunch. An ensemble record joining 2008's Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute winner...

"Endgame Of The Anthropocene marks Talibam!'s return to ESP-Disk, a partnership that started in 2009 with the highly acclaimed Boogie In The Breeze Blocks album. Talibam! is a 14-year working unit based in New York City that can be described in various ways -- as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a Fluxus-informed theater troupe, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen, or as a rhythm section at the cross hair...

"Talibam! delights in creating music that cannot be pinned down within the safe-spaces of existing genres. With each new album, Talibam! reinvent their methodological palette in order to bolster a fresh clarity of joyous auditory surprise, something their fans have come to depend on. Talibam! focus on compositional clarity, with reverence for their diverse interest in genre. On Hard Vibe, they push the pulse of motorik rhythm through a psychedelic jazz filter. This time out, they have created a sonic...

Thollem McDonas - piano
Tim DuRoche - drums
André Stjames - bass

"Through the wood, sinew, skins, metal, and fingers, one hears the years of experiential exploration, responsive nuances, and overwhelming power in the trio's joyfully intense playing. They cover a lot of territory in this recording, conjuring epochs and eras, terrains and cultures. This is improvised music composed spontaneously out of the breadth of experiences.
André Stjames is a cornerstone of the rich, thriving..

"At age 19, guitarist John D. Thomas was enlisted as a sideman by both Jimmy McGriff and Joe Henderson for recordings and concerts. In the following years he worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including the AACM Big Band, Stanton Davis...

Mike Forbes – saxophones
Andrew Scott Young – basses
Ben Billington – drums

Chicago power-jazz trio Tiger Hatchery proudly comes out of the ESP-Disk' free jazz tradition, as Mike Forbes's playing makes clear, but there's an added noise-rock edge, especially in Ben Billington's aggressive drumming, that keeps the sound modern. Andrew Scott Young does much more than lay down the bottom, emerging as an equal member of their glorious cacophony. Their 2013 ESP release, Sun Worship, earned...

Mike Forbes, saxophones; Andrew Scott Young, basses; Ben Billington, drums.
"Chicago power-jazz trio Tiger Hatchery proudly comes out of the ESP-Disk' free jazz tradition, as saxophonist Mike Forbes's playing makes clear, but there's an added noise..

This group is also known as Totem>

"Totem> is a benchmark in the world of experimental sound and contemporary improvisation. Totem> is a noise rock/free improvisation trio that ventures from walls of sound to exploring microscopic sound worlds...

Mat Walerian - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute
Matthew Shipp - piano, organ
William Parker - double bass, shakuhachi

"Recorded December 15, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. This is Polish multi-instrumentalist Mat Walerian's third CD, all for ESP and all with Matthew Shipp. Walerian's first album was the last new release approved by ESP-Disk's founder Bernard Stollman.
This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People takes its title from something William Parker

Nice to see that even as a senior citizen, Bernard Stollman continues to push the envelope of music!

"TSIGOTI (previously known as Waristerror Terroriswar) is a collaborative and improvisational quazi-punk band dedicated to expressing their...

A classic ESP release, recorded January 2, 1967. This is the second of Tyler's two ESP releases and is probably the more original and better of the two. Tyler was best known as a sideman to Albert Ayler, but this is an interesting album as it pits his alto sax against 3 string players: David Baker-cello, Brent McKesson-bass and Kent Brinkley-bass!

"This 1967 recording by the avant-garde saxophonist -- his second for ESP-Disk -- features Tyler on alto sax with accompaniment from David Baker...

Matthew Shipp, the supreme jazz pianist of his generation, and Mat Walerian, the finest Polish jazz woodwind player of his, have combined their talents in concert on several occasions. This album documents one such instance, from May 2012...

“ESP-Disk' has a little bit of history with Argentina -- the label issued Gato Barbieri's first international release, and their Steve Lacy album was recorded there -- so the label couldn't resist putting out this compilation of 2012-17 recordings (most previously unreleased) from the Buenos Aires scene.
In his liner notes, compiler Jason Weiss writes, "In June 1966, just as General Juan Carlos Onganía was leading a military coup d'état, Steve Lacy's quartet arrived in Buenos Aires: not exactly safe...

"Early recording (1967) of Eastern European free improvisation, which maintained a strong tension between restraint and the all-out blowing of its Western relatives. Though more traditional postbop inspirations are evident, there is the beautiful...

Fay Victor - voice, texts, compositions
Sam Newsome - soprano saxophone
Joe Morris - electric guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums

“The second album by this all-star quartet Far Victor's SoundNoiseFunk -- both on ESP-Disk' -- was recorded over two sets mixing planned and freely improvised music. It is a cry of frustration, but also determination and celebration.
Frustration with the state of our country, determination to do something about it, and celebration of the power and joy of..

Wet Robots is Fay Victor's first album as a leader released on an American label other than her own Greene Street Music, but she is already a star on the New York avant-jazz scene.

From Bradley Bambarger's liner notes: "Few vocalists have the sheer boldness -- the outright fearlessness -- of Fay Victor as an improviser. The New York native has long been a creative force on the avant-jazz scene, as a singer, bandleader, composer, arranger, and teacher. She has worked on both sides of the...

"In the Spring of 1966, ESP was given a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts, to tour the five colleges in the state with music departments. Artists for this tour included the Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Giuseppi Logan and...