Steve Smith joins the Do The Math invitational, opening with some passionate evangelizing for another Fort Worth native (along with Ornette Coleman and the late Dewey Redman), John Carter. Faithful Secret Society commenter Goddoggo also steps up for Carter, as well as the oft-maligned James Newton.
See, this kind of obsessive online listmaking does has its uses -- I must now sheepishly cop to never having heard a single John Carter record, and accept the opprobrium of my fellow interweb pamphleteers. (I think G. is right about the anti-West Coast bias -- John Carter is a guy whose name never seems to come up, at least not in my circles.) This is clearly a situation in need of a remedy, and it sounds like 1985's Castles of Ghana is the recommended jumping-off point.
Steve continues with his own personal '73-'90 touchstones, filling in the gaps between the records Ethan, David, Pat, and I mentioned. His list is an invaluable guide through the 70's and 80's output of fiercely independent artists like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Arthur Blythe, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Peter Brötzmann, John Zorn, Marty Ehrlich, John Lurie, and Bobby Previte. Go check it out.
This is gonna be some list once the hivemind gets done with it.