evanafterall 5pts Interesting list, very thoughtful, but I'd just like to clarify that "free jazz" is literally free: open improvisation with no written music. At least half of the records you mentioned are composed works with elements of improvisation. And i know some of the artists you mentioned, like Braxton and Dixon, hate having their music called "free jazz". They are composers and want to be considered as such. "Avant-Garde Jazz" would be a more appropriate and inclusive term.