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NTS Guide to: ESP-Disk - The Early Years

New York, 06.02.24

Existing at the intersection of free jazz, acid folk, spoken word and avant garage rock, ESP-Disk opened for business in New York City at the zenith of 60's counter culture.

The label's first release was an Esperanto album, giving it the name ESP-Disk, and then released a number of free jazz albums that we would now consider classics. It soon came to champion other similarly less-commercial genres, always giving free reign to the artists.

This Guide To includes music from Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, William Burroughs, The Fugs and more.