ESP-Disk

ESP-Disk

ESP-Disk is a New York-based record label, founded in 1966 by the lawyer Bernard Stollman, originally financed from an inheritance. Though it originally existed to release Esperanto-based music, starting with its second release (Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity), it became the most important exponent of what is commonly referred to as free jazz. ESP also released recordings by uncommercial underground rock acts including the Fugs, The Godz and Pearls Before Swine. Though it largely ceased releasing records in the 70s, a few new releases have crept out from the label, and it still exists to this day, with nearly its entire catalog still available.

Other artists who have recorded for this label include Ornette Coleman (the "Town Hall Concert"), Pharaoh Sanders (who made his recording debut on ESP), Sun Ra, Ronnie Boykins, Marion Brown, Sonny Simmons, Paul Bley, Ran Blake, and Perry Robinson.

The label's catalog has been licensed frequently over the years, but Stollman has reportedly resumed direct responsibility for reissues.

ESP-Disk's current general manager is Tom Abbs.

Discography

ESP 1000 series

ESP 2000 series

  • 2000 Octopus – Rock-New Music Fusion
  • 2001 CromagnonElliot/Grasmere Connecticut Tribe (aka Cave Rock/Orgasm)
  • 2002 Jayne CountyGoddess Of Wet Dreams
  • 2003 Charles Manson and the Family Sing 13 Songs - Lie: The Love and Terror Cult
  • 2004 Sweet Pie – Pleasure Pudding: Livid at Fat City
  • 2004 Sweet Pie – Honky Tonk Jive
  • 2005 Barry Titus – Do Wappa Do
  • 2006 Emerson's Old Timey Custard-Suckin' Band – Emerson's Old Timey Custard-Suckin' Band
  • 2007 Randy Burns – Songs For An Uncertain Lady
  • 2008 Joel Tobias – God Is Watching America
  • 2009 Barry Titus – 42nd Street
  • 2010 Woodstock Workband – Armed And Dangerous
  • 2012 Woodstock Band – Sword In The Hand
  • 2013 Jimi Lalumia & The Psychotic Frogs – Live At Max's Kansas City 1981
  • 2015 Don Moore – In The Groove
  • 2016 Don Moore – Party Goin' On In Woodstock
  • 2017 Godz - Godzundheit
  • 2018 The FugsFugs 4, Rounders Score
  • 2020 Les Visible – Too Old To Rock And Roll
  • 2021 Les Visible – Jews From Outer Space
  • 2022 (Various Artists) – ESP-disk Guide To Funky
  • 2044 (Various Artists) – Woodstock: Moods And Moments
  • 2051 (Various Artists) – ESP Sampler (promotional only)

ESP 3000 series

  • 3000 Charlie Parker – Live Performances
  • 3001 Charlie Parker – Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2
  • 3002 Billie Holiday – Broadcast Performances, Vol. 1
  • 3003 Billie Holiday – Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2
  • 3004 Tony Snell – Medieval & Latter Day Lays
  • 3005 Billie Holiday – Radio & TV Broadcasts (1953-1956)
  • 3006 Billie Holiday – Broadcast Performances, Vol. 4
  • 3007 Revolutionary Ensemble – Vietnam 1 & 2 (at the Peace Church)
  • 3009 Tiger Tiger – Sun Country
  • 3010 Captain Matchbox-Wow – Smoke Dreams
  • 3011 Marc Black – Big Dong Dharma
  • 3012 Rolf Kemp – Daydreamer
  • 3013 Frank Lowe – Black Beings
  • 3014 Peter Stampfel & Luke Faust – Wendigo Dwain Story
  • 3015 Nadolski – New Music From Poland 1 [NEVER ISSUED]
  • 3016 Niemen Enigmatic – New Music From Poland 2
  • 3017 Lester Young – Newly Discovered Performances 1
  • 3018 Sea Ensemble – We Move Together
  • 3019 Paul Thornton, Les Fradkin & Unger & The Big Band – Pass On This Side
  • 3020 Bill Horwitz – Lies, Lies, Lies
  • 3021 Bud Powell – Winter Broadcasts 1953
  • 3022 Bud Powell – Spring Broadcasts 1953
  • 3023 Bud Powell – Summer Broadcasts 1953
  • 3023 ? – New Music From Japan
  • 3024 Bud Powell – Autumn Broadcasts 1953
  • 3025 Anton Bruhin – New Music From Switzerland
  • 3026 Ronnie Boykins – The Will Come Is Now
  • 3028 Michael Gregory Jackson – Clarity
  • 3029 Harvey
Windbiel Sorgen, Bob
S. Rust – Outlet
  • 3030 Albert Ayler – Prophecy
  • 3031 Albert Ayler – Live At Slug's Saloon 1
  • 3032 Albert Ayler – Live At Slug's Saloon 2
  • 3033 Sun Ra – Concert For The Comet Kohoutek

See also

External links

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