Eric Dolphy erupted like lightning across the jazz horizon, playing with a startling, jagged, incandescent fire. These are his best tracks.
The best Herbie Hancock albums reveal the jazz pianist to be a musical pathfinder that broke down barriers at every opportunity.
Lying somewhere on the spectrum between avant-garde jazz and free jazz, astral jazz represented one of the most experimental periods in jazz’s history.
In ‘The Territory And The Adventure’, Maria Golia reveals how Ornette Coleman became “a genius” who changed “the entire course of jazz”.
Free jazz was a much misunderstood – and even maligned – genre when it emerged in the late 50s, but it resulted in some of the finest modern jazz.
The third album, by Captain Beefheart, ‘Trout Mask Replica’, remains one of the most challenging listens of any era, and also his most beloved album.
The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer was one of the most influential jazz musicians of his generation.