ESP Disk

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ESP Disk

ESP-DISK’ opened for business in New York City in 1966 on the 12th floor of 156 5th Avenue. During its first 18 months, 45 albums were recorded and released, featuring previously unknown free improvisational artists. The only exceptions were Ornette Coleman and Paul Bley, both of whom had gained global recognition during the 1950's. Artists who made their debuts as leaders on ESP included Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Gato Barbieri, Bob James, Marion Brown, Roswell Rudd, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Henry Grimes, Charles Tyler, Sunny Murray, Milford Graves, Sonny Simmons, Ronnie Boykins and Frank Wright. Several of these artists were then quickly sought out and recorded by the Impulse and Columbia labels. ESP had signed no term agreements with its artists, anticipating that this might happen, and that they would then enjoy promotional support from these large companies.

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  1. Weighting Gabriel Zucker
    April 15, 2019
  2. Signature Matthew Shipp Trio
    February 01, 2019
  3. Sonic Fiction Matthew Shipp
    Sonic Fiction
    October 28, 2018
  4. Zero Matthew Shipp
    April 16, 2018
  5. Zero Matthew Shipp
    February 06, 2018
  6. Sonic Fiction Matthew Shipp Quartet
    Sonic Fiction
    February 04, 2018
  7. Zero Matthew Shipp
    February 04, 2018
  8. End Game of the Anthropocene Talibam!
    End Game of the Anthropocene
    January 08, 2018
  9. Live At Okuden Matthew Shipp & Mat Walerian Duo/The Uppercut
    Live At Okuden
    June 01, 2017
  10. This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker
    This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
    May 29, 2017

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