For many critics of jazz, the term 'free jazz' is typically used in conjunction with a type of music that is supposedly inaccessible to the average music lover. It begs the question, who is the “average” listener, and how do we know what they would like? Is there a litmus test to determine what they prefer? Why do some critics feel the need to proselytize their opinions as de rigueur for jazz?
Part of the problem with many jazz critics is the pedagogy of what they deem to be "real jazz". It's often their personal tastes masquerading as what the “ideal” sound should be. In my opinion, putting limits on jazz as a default position is the most anti-jazz thing you can do. Jazz is ultimately about freedom of expression.
One musician that embodies the spirit of freedom is tenor saxophonist, Ivo Perelman.