Speaking of "Dinosaur" bands reforming and roaming the earth, I'm just listening to the new Art Ensemble of Chicago disc, "Cognitive Aspects of The City", recorded live at Iridium in NYC over several nights. Corey Wilkes and Jaribu Shihad replace the sadly departed Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors on trumpet and bass, respectively. I would have never really envisioned the AECO without Bowie in particular, but it's a wonderful disc, the energy is amazing. One of the best avant-jazz discs I've heard in years, it really has that playful and rooted approach to the avant garde that always characterized the AECO for me. No looping, in fact, no electronics whatsoever, but I'm sure there's a few AECO fans on this list. They've been a huge influence on me over the years.