this is an alphabetical list of the musicians used (as well as the number of releases they perform on)

 

David Abel: Violin (1)
Itay Abramovitz: Piano (1)
Dave Abramson: Drums, Percussion (1)
Yazz Ahmed: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Effects (1)
Jair Alcala: Accordion (1)
Mathieu Amalric: Voice (1)
Laurie Anderson: Opening Narration (1)
Karin Andreasen: First Violin (1)
Anonymous 13: Voice, Viola (1)
Kyle Armbrust: Viola (1)
Leah Arsenault: Flute (1)
Emma Ashbrook: Bassoon (1)
Danuta Augustyn: Second Violin (1)
Eliza Bagg: Voice (1)
Sheryl Baile: Guitar (1)
Aram Bajakian: Guitar, Banjo (4)
James Baker: Conductor (1)
Cyro Baptista:  Brazilian Percussion, Congas, Percussion, Vocals (24)
Christine Bard: Percussion (1)
Joey Baron - Drums (25)
Steve Beck - Piano (1)
Joseph Becker: Percussion (1)
Alex Bender: Trumpet (1)
Brent Besner: Clarinet (1)
Jaroslaw Bester: Bayan (1)
Lisa Bielawa: Voice (2)
Marco Blaauw: Double-bell Trumpet In C  (1)  
Michael Blair: Percussion, Voice (1)
Peter Blegvad: Vocals (1)
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Guimbri, Oud, Percussion, Vocals (16)
Zachary Boeding: Oboe (1)
Gary Bohan: Trumpet (1)
Paul Booth: Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute (2)
Josiah Boothby: French Horn (1)
Sarah Braile: Voice (1)
Rob Burger: Piano, Organ, Accordion  (9) 
Evan Buttemer: Viola (1) 
Rosanna Butterfield: Cello (1) 
Sim Cain: Drums (1)
Uri Caine: Piano (1)
Rachel Calloway: Voice (1)
Jay Campbell: Cello   (5)
Erik Carlson: Violin (1)
Clark Carruth: Viola (1)
Jennifer Charles - Vocals (2)
Claire Chase: Flute (2)
Jennifer Choi: Violin (8)
Erica Clarke: Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet (1)
Andy Clausen: Trombone (1)  
Todd Clouser: (1)
Martha Cluver: Voice (3)
Kevin Cobb: Trumpet  (2)
Greg Cohen: Bass (25)
Anthony Coleman: Keyboards, Prepared Piano, Celeste Music Box, Piano, Organ, Harpiscord (6)
Shawn Conley: Bass (1)
Allison Cook: Bass (1)
Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano, French Narration (4)
Cenovia Cummins: Violin (1)
Andrew Cuneo: Bassoon (1)
Stewart Curtis: Recorder, Piccolo, Clarinet (2)
Michael Dahlberg: Cello (1)
Matt Darriau: Alto Sax, Kaval, Clarinet (1)
Ilana Davidson: Voice (1)
Dennis Russell Davies: Conductor (1)
Josephine Davies: Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone (1)
Nathan Davis: Drums, Percussion (1)
F. Ladrón de Guevara: First Violin (1)
Tor Dietrichson: Bongo, Conga, Clave, Guiro, Tabla, Triangle (1)
Bertrand Delorme: Bass (1)
Glenn Dickson: Clarinet (1)
Rich Doucette: Sarangi (1)
Dave Douglas: Trumpet, Fender Rhodes (11)
Hamid Drake: Drums (1)
Mark Dresser: Bass (1)
Kermit Driscoll: Acoustic And Electric Bass (1)
Stephen Drury: Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Organ (5)
Rui Du: Second Violin (1)
Justyna Duda: First Violin (1)
Aneta Dumanowska: Viola (1)
Maya Dunietz: Voice (1)
Shayna Dunkelman: Percussion (1)
Randall Dunn: Moog Synth, Voice (1)
Trevor Dunn: Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Electric 5-string Bass  (28)
Oleg Dyyak: Percussion (1)
Alexandra Early: First Violin (1) 
Sam Eastmond: Solo Trumpet, Trumpet (2)
Marty Ehrlich:  Reeds (1)
John Elliott: Tuba (1)
Carol Emanuel: Harp  (15)
Peter Evans: Bb Trumpet  (1) 
Yamataka Eye: Voice, Electronics (1)
Elizabeth Farnum: Voice (1)
Mark Feldman: Violin (13)
Anton Fier: Drums (2)
Abigail (Abby) Fischer: Voice (3)
Tuur Florizoone:  Accordion (1)
Richard Foreman: English Narration (1)
Nikki Franklin: Voice (1)
Moss Freed: Guitar (2)
Erik Friedlander: Cello, Mandolin (16)
Bill Frisell: Guitar, Banjo  (9)
Fred Frith: Guitar, Bass (4)
Wojciech Front: Double Bass (1)
Yoshie Fruchter: Guitar (2)
Tomas Fujiwara: Drums (1)
David Fulmer: Viola, Violin (3)
Amy Galluzzo: Second Violin (1)
Elliott Galvin: Keyboards (1)
Heather Gardner: Voice (1)
Moises Garcia: Trumpet (1)
Mike Garfield: Trumpet  (1) 
John Gattis: Horns   (1)
Sid Gauld: Flugelhorn, Trumpet (2)
Will Glaser: Drums, Percussion (1)
Ben Goldberg: Clarinet (1)
Chatran Gonzalez: Percussion (2)
Stephen Gosling: Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord  (8)
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Voice (2) 
Milford Graves: Percussion (1)
Jim Gray: Tuba (1)
Michael Grebil: Oud, Medieval Fiddle, Ceterina d'Amore (1)
Ben Greenslade-Stanton: Trombone, Synth (2)
Drew Gress: Bass (1)
Cyril Grimaud: Drums (1)
Kenny Grohowski: Drums (11)
Chris Gross - Cello (1)
Mike Guy: Accordion (2)
Andy Haas:  Didjeridu (1)
Assaf Hakimi: Upright/electric Bass (1)
Crystal Hall: English Horn (1)
Mary Halvorson: Guitar (1)
Joyce Hammann: Violin (1)
June Han: Harp (2)
Louis Hanzlik: Trumpet  (2) 
Gilad Harel: Clarinet (1)
Jerome Harris: Electric Bass, Voice (1)
Mick Harris:  Drums, Vocals (1)
Timb Harris: Violin, Trumpet (1)
Sae Hashimoto: Vibes (1)
Miho Hatori: Voice (1)
Beth Anne Hatton - Vocals (1)
Rebekah Heller: Bassoon (1)
Jose Paquito Hernandez: Bajo Sexto (1)
Chen-Erh Ho: Viola (1)
Dave Hofstra: Bass, Tuba (3)
George Hogg: Trumpet, Flugelhorn (2)
Matt Hollenberg: Guitar, Oud (7)
Hidayat Honari: Tar (1)
Wayne Horvitz: Organ, Electronics, Keyboards (3)
Jeff Hudgins: Alto Sax (1)
David Hughes: Piano (1)
Julia Hunter: First Violin (1)
Jack Huston: Reading From Blake's Jerusalem (1)
Susie Ibarra: Drums (1)
Shahzad Ismaily: Bass (2)
Koby Isrealite: Drums, Percussion, Accordion, Guitars, Keys, Clarinet, Engineer, Bouzouki, Indian Banjo, Vocals, Flute, Electric Bass, Cajon, Arrangements (2)
Ronen Itzik: Drums (1)
Jill Jaffe: Viola, Violin (1)
Bob James : Tapes, Compact Discs (1)
Dane Johnson: Guitar (1)
Eyvind Kang: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Electric Bass, Guitars, Janggu, Kacapi, Kemancheh, Korg Synth, Moog Synth, Oud, Percussion, Piano, Setar, Sitar, Viola, Violin, Voice (3)
Taina Karr: English Horn, Oboe (1)
Oya Kazuki: Percussion (1)
Keepalive: Laptop (1)
Tim Keiper: Drum Set, Percussion, Kamel Ngoni, Vocals (2)
Andy Kemp: Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet (1)
Dan Kennedy: Bass (1)
Jessika Kenney: Voice (1)
Jonathan Keren: Viola, Violin (1)
Bridget Kibbey: Harps (1)
Kathryn Kilian: Second Violin (1)
Jai Young Kim: B3 Organ (1)
Pauline Kim: Violin (1)
Garth Knox: Viola D'amore, Viola (1)
Peter Kolkay: Bassoon, Contrabassoon (1)
Anu Komsi: Soprano (1)
David Konopnicki: Guitar (1)
Herine Coetzee Koschak: Cello (1)
Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Voice (1)
David Krakauer: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (2)
Kiriko Kubo: Vocal (1)
Mathias Kunzli: Drums, Percussion (1)
Larry Kwartowitz: Drums, Percussion (1)
Julian Kytasty: Bandura (1)
Alex Lacamoire:  Keyboards (1)
Julian Lage: Guitar (4)
Salit Lahav: Accordion, Flute (1)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Sakari Oramo: Conductor (1)
Noel Langley: Trumpet, Flugelhorn (2)
Andy Laster: Saxophone, Clarinet (1)
Bill Laswell: Bass (6)
Sam Leak: Piano, Keyboards (1)
Matt Lebofsky: Organ, Piano, Electric Piano (1)
Juan Manuel Ledezma: Guitar, Requinto, Leona (1)
Okkyung Lee: Cello, Korean Narration (2)
Sylvain Lemêtre: Percussion (1)
Osiris Caballero Leon: Violin, Jarana (1)
Tim Leopold: Trumpet   (1)
Taylor Levine: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (1)
Mark Lewandowski: Double Bass (1)
Arto Lindsay: Voice, Guitar (3)
Anna Lindvall: Trombone (1)
Yuval Lion: Drums (2)
Al Lipowski: Vibes, Bells, Percussion (3)
Te-Chiang Liu: First Violin (1)
Dave Lombardo: Drums (2)
Frank London: Trumpet (3)
Dan Loomis: Bass (1)
Joshua Lopes: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bajo Sexto, Zhong Ruan (1)
Carina Lopez: Bass, Musical Assistance (2)
Mike Lowenstern: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet (2)
Brad Lubman: Conductor (4)
Jessica Lurie: Alto Saxophone, Bari Sax, Flute (2)
John Lurie: Voice Of Mike Hammer (1)
Mary Lynch: Oboe (1)
Jon Madof: Guitar (4)
Joseph Maile: First Violin (1)
JC Maillard: Charango, Percussion (1)
Eyal Maoz: Guitar (4)
Christian Marclay: Turntables (4)
Mihai Marica: Cello (1)
Misha Marks: Horn (1)
Brian Marsella: Piano, Harpsichord, Pump Organ, Keyboard, Vocals (5)
Oren Marshall: Tuba (1)
Billy Martin: Drums (1)
Lois Martin: Viola (2)
Maria Emilia Martinez: Flute (2)
Zach Mayer: Bari Sax (2)
Ryan McAdams: Conductor (1)
Christian McBride: Bass   (3)
Michael McLaughlin: Piano (1)
John Medeski: Piano, Organ (13)
Omar Medina: Jarana (1)
Chen “Pepe” Meir: Congas, Chekere (1)
Chali Mercado: Drums (1)
Pat Metheny:  Orchestra Bells, Orchestrionic Marimba, Keyboards, Piano, Bass, Tiples, Sitar Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Acoustic And Electric Guitars, Bandoneon, Percussion, Electronics, Flugelhorn (1)
Willow Metheny: Vocals (1)
Carlos Metta: Percussion, Jarana (1)
Mark E. Miller: Drums,  Linn Drums, Congas, Vocals (1)
Matt Monroe: French Horn (1)
Gemma Moore: Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet (1)
James Moore: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin (2)
Rane Moore: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet (2)
Rebecca Moore - Vocals (1)
Omri Mor: Piano (1)
Adrian Morejon: Bassoon   (1)
Rolando Morejon: Violin (2)
Ikue Mori: Electronics, Drums, Drum Machines, Voice (15)
Derek Mosloff: Viola (1)
Kathryn Mulvehill: Voice (1)
Kurt Muroki: Bass (1)
Gustavo Nandayapa: Drums, Percussion (2)
Moriah Neils: Bass (1)
Vadim Neselowskyi - Piano(1)
Sam Nester: Trumpet  (1)
Maxine Neuman: Cello (1)
Chris Nickolls: Drums (1)
Mike Nicolas: Cello  (5)
Kevin Norton: Vibraphone, Drums, Orchestral Bells, Tibetan Prayer Bowls (1)
Stephanie Nussbaum: Violin (1)
Tara Helen O'Connor: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute  (6)
Richard O'Neill: Viola (1)
Buzz Osborne: Guitar (1)
Miles Okazaki: Guitar (1)
Edson Ontiveros: Violin (1)
Mauricio Moro "Osito": Saxophone (1)
Alex Otaola: Guitar (1)
Chris Otto: Violin   (5)
Yaron Ouzana: Trombone (1)
Fausto Palma: Oud, Sarangi (1)
Hyeonhee Park: Janggu, Kkwaenggwari (1)
Soyeon Park: Geomungo (1)
Zeena Parkins: Harp (1)
Jani Parsons: Piano (1)
Mike Patton: Voice (12)
Joe Pereira: Percussion (1)
Natalia Perez: Cello (1)
Ben Perowsky: Drums (5)
Dave Powell: Tuba (1)
Michael Powell: Trombone (2) 
Bobby Previte: Drums, Percussion, Timpani (3)
Jim Pugh: Trombone (1)
Jim Pugliese:  Percussion, Wind Machines, Water, Bull Roarers, Gravedigging, Fishing Reels, Paper, Bowls Of BBs, Bird Calls (4) 
Robert Quine: Guitar, Voice Of Mike Hammer's Conscience (5)
Raman Ramakishnan: Cello (1)
Reck: Rhythm Guitar (1)
Eric Reed: Horns   (2)
Lou Reed - Guitar Feedback (1)
Mauro Refosco: Percussion (1)
Sofia Rei: Vocals, Charango (2)
Marco Renteria: Bass (1)
Mark Ribot: Guitar, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar (25)
John Pickford Richards: Viola (1)
Stephanie Richards: Trumpet  (1) 
Gyan Riley: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo (3)
Tim Riley: Horn (1)
Julia Robert: Viola D'amore, Viola (1)
Roberto Rodriguez: Drums, Percussion (3)
John D. Rojak: Bass Trombone (2)
Marcus Rojas: Tuba (1)
Bernardo Ron: Guitar (1)
Eric Rosenthal: Drums (1)
Masumi Rostad: Viola (1)
Ned Rothenberg: Shakuhachi, Bass Flute, Clarinet (2)
Joshua Rubin: Clarinet In A, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (4)
Karl Rzasa: Bassoon (1)
Jamie Saft - Organ, Wurlitzer Piano, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar (15)
Antonio Sanchez: Drums (1)
Andy Sansei: Drums (1)
Homero Santiago: Trombone (1)
Rodrigo Santoyo: Oud (1)
Michael Sarin: Drums (1)
Arthur Sato: Oboe, English Horn  (1) 
Laura Scalzo: Second Violin (1)
Basya Schecter: Voice (1)
Peter Scherer: Keyboards (1)
Monica Schley: Harp (1)
Jason Schimmel: Guitar, Synth, Clavinet, Glockenspiel, Effects (2)
Frederico Schmucler: Guitar (1)
Brandon Seabrook: Electric Guitar (1)
Zahava Seewald: Vocals (1)
Sara Serpa: Voice (2)
David Shea: Turntables, Sampler (1)
Nick Shellenberger: Keyboards, Vocals (1)
Fred Sherry: Cello, Violincello (5)
Luli Shioi: Voice, Japanese Narration (1)
David Shively: Percussion (1)
Benjamin Shwartz: Viola, Piano, Keyboards, Organ, Jaranas (2)
Skerik: Tenor Sax (1)
Jorgos Skolias: Vocal (1)
Ashley Slater: Trombone (1)
David Slusser: Sound Effects (1)
Tim Smart: Trombone (1)
Ches Smith: Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Voice, Congas, Shaker (4)
Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet (2)
William Smith: Cello (1)
Tim Smolens: Cello, Upright Bass (1)
Eric Snoza: Bass (1)
Melissa Snoza: Flute (1)
Marlon Sobol: Percussion (2)
Ireneusz Socha: Computer Instruments (1)
Kirsten Sollek: Voice (4)
JungAh Song: Gayageum (1)
Tyshawn Sorey: Drums (7)
Chris Speed : Clarinet (1)
Trey Spruance: Baritone Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Synth, Autoharp, Piano, Bass (2)
Adam Stacey: Clavinet (1)
Jim Staley: Trombone (2)
Yaron Stavi:  Upright Bass. Guitar, Vocals (2)
Julie Steinberg: Piano (1)
Karen Straw: Trumpet, Flugelhorn (1)
Derek Stults: Percussion (1)
Martha Sullivan: Voice (1)
Meryl Summers: Bassoon (1)
Ganda Suthivarakom: Voice (1)
Craig Taborn: Piano (2)
Sawai Taeji: Technician (1)
Satoshi Takeishi: Percussion (1)
Stomu Takeishi: Bass (1)
Greg Tardy: Tenor Saxophone (1)
Yoshida Tatsuya: All Instruments, Drums, Voice (2)
John Telfer: Baritone Sax (1)
Hans Teuber: Clarinets, Flutes, Tenor Sax (1)
Charles Tyler: Cello (1)
Jaroslaw Tyrala: Violin (1)
Agnès Vesterman: Cello (1)
Cuong Vu: Trumpet (1)
Greg Wall: Tenor Sax (2)
Tema Watstein: Second Violin (1)
David Weinstein: Sampling Keyboards, Sampler (1)
Elizabeth Weisser: Viola (1)
Matthew Welch: Conductor  (1)
Mason Wendell: Bass, Vocals (1)
G. Calvin Weston: Drums (1)
Whiz Kid: Turntables (1)
Mike Wilkins: Alto Sax, Clarinet (2)
Otto Willberg: Bass (1)
Andrew Williams: Violin (1)
Maria Scherer Wilson: Cello (1)
William Winant: Percussion, Bass Drums (5)
Kenny Wollesen: Vibes, Bells, Drums, Vibraphone, Marimba, Wollesonics, Percussion, Bass Marimba (28)
Chris Wood: Bass (2)
Jennifer Woodrum: Clarinet (1)
Austin Wulliman: Violin (1)
Min Xiao-Fen: Pipa (1)
Vasilis Xenopoulos: Alto Sax, Flute (1)
Jacob Yackshaw: Bass (1)
Wu Shao-Ying: Chinese Narration (1)
Ryan Yuré: Clarinet (1)
Malika Zarra: Voice (2)
Jeff Ziegler: Cello (1)
Heather Zinninger: Flute (1)
Dan Zlotnik: Saxophones, Clarinet (2)
John Zorn:  Alto Sax, Fender Rhodes, Electronics, Breath, Soprano Sax, Piano, Wind Machines, Acoustic Feedback Systems, Bass Drums, Guitar, Drums, Organ, Glass Harmonica, Wurlitzer, Gamelan, Samples, Metal Pipes, Honey, Wax Paper, Mud, Flower Pots, Moustache Scissors, Dried Leaves, Trowel, 78 Rpm Records, Mason Jar, Power Saw, Rubber Ball, Tissue Paper, Tallow, Bricks, Dirt, Razor, Writing Pad, Pencil, Lightbulb, Machine Parts, Chalkboard, Clothes Pin, Electric Fan, Metal Bucket, Bolex, Phonograph, African Thumb Pianos, Tree Branches, Felt, Fat, Polaroid Land Camera, L-braces, Zippers, Wooden Cane, Hardcover Book, Water, Nail Clippers, Old Dust Jackets, Keys, Rubber Stamps, Blood, Door, Carcass Of A Hare, Clamp Light, Staple Gun, Hair, Newspaper, Hammer, Vacuum Tubes, Heavy Duty Garbage Bags, Towel, $82 In Cash, Paintbrush, Coffee Can, Surgical Tubing, Rusted Metal, Rubber Sole Shoes, Toy Megaphone, Maracas, Strings , Sounds Effects, Bass, Whistling, Game Calls, Percussion, Voice, Reeds, French Narration, German Narration, Foley Effects,  Clarinet, Theramin, Electric Pianos, Conductor, Composer