As I stated in an earlier post I'm doing my very best not to go negative. Sure I don't care for about 99.9999% of all smooth jazz but since I really like free jazz I'm biting my tongue on the smooth jazz posts because then the flame wars start, as in post along the lines of "Cecil Taylor can't play the piano, all he does is bang on the keys" and "Albert Ayler just played noise". So I'm not commenting on any of the artists listed in other member's posts and I hope that that everyone will act the same. What I am trying to do is for every post about smooth jazz to respond with a post about something that is not smooth jazz, without any negative comments. I'm sorry if I am coming off as somewhat preachy but I've seen enough of these types of threads, i.e. threads about music recommendations, to know that once things go negative everything just falls apart.
You would enlighten me with some good free jazz tbh. Threads like these can always bring unexpected surprises. Granted I am a head fi n00b, but please don't hold back because of possible negative feedback. Outspoken music calls for outspoken opinions. It reminds me of when I was a teenager working in a shop that sold clothes, gadgets, cd's etc. When I played music we would get both very negative and very positive reactions. When random coworker x was playing his or mostly her cd, nobody even noticed the bg drone.
So one day while playing Venetian snares(extremely weird syncopations, time signatures and loud, rude and brutal music) a mom came to me asking what music was playing with tears in her eyes because her heavily autistic son was dancing for the first time in his life. They simply never found music that would get to him. That same CD also got the odd: "this makes me nauseous". Yeah my boss was pretty "progressive" looking back at it :D
Onto freejazz again: I have been a collector of anything ESP Disk, also like the projects of sun ra, Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Tzadik and most of what Zorn does is among the most stunning pieces of music to my ears, anyway. If you decide to open a Freejazz thread I'm subbed!