Conference of the Birds album cover
Conference of the Birds

Dave Holland

ECM Records

Bassist Dave Holland and his various band configurations have left a phenomenal track record on ECM, but this 1972 session with Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton (both playing reeds and flutes) and percussionist Barry Altschul is among the most captivating of the label’s early releases. Even though “free jazz” rolls off the tongue to describe Conference of the Birds, there is plenty of fluent banter to enjoy, especially in “Four Winds” and “See-Saw.” What makes this a classic is its spirit of liberation, downright archaeological significance in Holland’s output, and uplifting atmosphere. There’s nothing quite like it.

Tyran Grillo

Who also suggested

If you select your preferred streamer here, we will save your preference and link to that platform if possible. This can always be changed in the Settings menu.

Apple Music

If you’d like to prioritize Bandcamp if available, tap the Bandcamp logo.

Since some albums are only available on one service, you’ll still see logos for other services if the album is only available on that service.