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John Coltrane- Ascension (1966)

John Coltrane- Ascension (Impulse!) 

Released February 1966, Recorded June 28, 1965 

John Coltrane's Ascension stands as a landmark in the evolution of jazz. It marks a bold departure from more traditional structures toward free improvisation by a major jazz star, thus giving further credibility to the free jazz idiom. With its unconventional approach and boundary-pushing solos, the album challenges listeners while showcasing the immense talent and exploratory nature of Coltrane and his ensemble. Despite its lack of commercial intentions, Ascension remains a testament to Coltrane's fearless pursuit of artistic expression.

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