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jason on 11/06/2009 at 05:47PM

ESP-Disk 45th Anniversary concert / Jazz Foundation benefit

The legendary experimental imprint ESP-Disk (who are curating a collection of their music right here on the Free Music Archive!) celebrates their 45th anniversary with an all-day event at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan this Sunday. ESP-Disk is especially renowned for releasing groundbreaking work by forward-minded jazz artists like Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. So it's fitting that this 45th anniversary concert is also a benefit for The Jazz Foundation.

Since 1966, ESP-Disk has supported pioneering musicians like Cromagnon, Pearls Before Swine, The Godz, The Fugs, Alan Sondheim, and the Har-You Percussion Ensemble (which Macedonia called The Funkiest Homework Assignment EVER). In 2005, the label re-launched and has been hitting all the right spots with new releases from the likes of Yximalloo, Arrington De Dionyso's Naked Future, Talibam!, and Barnacled mixed in with reissues and previously unreleased material.

Sunday's show includes performances by a few artists whose work can be heard right here on the FMA: the scraping sounds of Totem> (Tom Blancarte/Andrew Drury/Bruce Eisenbeil), the spazztic duo Talibam!, and Flow Trio (featuring Joe Morris, who will also be performing with Mercy to start off the afternoon). I've made this mix with a few more ESP-Disk favorites, enjoy! (after the jump)

The full lineup for Sunday's show is posted here, and if you've been waiting for a good opportunity to purchase any in-print ESP-Disk release, all proceeds from CD & LP purchases at the show go directly to the performing artists, while all door proceeds go to the Jazz Foundation.

Founded in 1989, The Jazz Foundation is "dedicated to preserving the history and future of jazz in all of its shapes and forms", and has been a major force in providing aid to New Orleans musicians who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. You can find out more about the Jazz Foundation at



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