Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
Miles really reshaped jazz to his own image and took things way beyond the genre. Some jazz fans say that nothing he recorded after 1968 is actually jazz. For me Bitches Brew is my favorite album from Miles, I have listened to this so many times and still discover new details in this psychedelic masterpiece.
Herbie Hancock – Rain Dance
Sextant was Herbie’s last album with his Mwandishi band. 'Rain Dance' for me is my favorite track on the album, it can be an intense listening experience but you are rewarded many times over.
Sun Ra – The Dance of The Cosmo Aliens
Sun Ra believed he was from Saturn and not from Earth and whether it’s true or not his music had an out of this world feel to it. It’s so hard to choose one Sun Ra track as there are so many to choose from but this one is a good example of his cosmic philosophies.
Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has a Master Plan
Ornette Coleman described Sanders as 'probably the best tenor player in the world.' He has a very distinct raw and abrasive sound that many other tenors cannot achieve. Pharoah was a very important figure in the free jazz movement and this track from the album, Karma, which is over 32 minutes in length, proves time is not a factor when the journey is so enjoyable.
The Art Ensemble of Chicago – Malachi
This avant-garde ensemble were unique in there approach to jazz as they would fuse all styles of jazz together and also use what they termed 'little instruments' including bicycle horns, birthday party noise makers and different percussion instruments. The intro to this piece instantly grabs you and from then on you are hooked.