Byrd Donald - Free Form - Remastered (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Trumpet
Number of Discs
Number of Items
Free Form [Bonus Track]
Country of Origin
Blue Note
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Pentacostal Feelin'
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Night Flower
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Nai Nai
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] French Spice
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Free Form
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Three Wishes
South Africa

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 11, 1961.
Donald Byrd's 1961 recording Free Form is both a smorgasboard of modern jazz styles and a breakthrough album showing the Detroit-born trumpeter's versatility. Where his brass tone is very lean and toned, he does not resort to outlandish outbursts into the ionosphere, but shows a refined yet daring approach removed from his predecessors or peers, including Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan. With tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, a very young pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Butch Warren, Byrd tackles different flavors of jazz with a voracious appetite.
"Pentecostal Feelin'" comes straight from the Horace Silver bag, original funk with Shorter, Hancock, and Higgins head-noddin' to the band. By contrast, "Nai Nai" is all straight-ahead hard bop. The more modal "French Spice" is still in the hard-to-post bop mold, but has a two-note base until the horns burst out in a rich melody. The title track represents the so-called "New Thing," a tone row-based spontaneous improvisation where the band is purposefully set apart from the inventive drumming of Higgins. Romance is also on the menu via the no-frills ballad "Night Flower" as Byrd serenely leads the band into a curtain closing venture into tenderness. FREE FORM may be close to Donald Byrd's best early work.

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Studio / Live
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Donald Byrd
  1. Byrd, Donald
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