Fancy Free (Donald Byrd album)

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Fancy Free
Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released 1969
Recorded May 9 & June 6, 1969
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, Jazz fusion
Length 39:10
Label Blue Note
BST 84319
Producer Duke Pearson
Donald Byrd chronology
The Creeper
Fancy Free
Electric Byrd
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Fancy Free is an album by the American jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, recorded and released on Blue Note Records in 1969. In 1993, it appeared for the first time on a digital support, currently out-of-print, and it has not been reissued yet.


Allmusic awarded the album with 3 stars and its review by Steve Huey states: "Recorded just a few months after Miles Davis' In a Silent Way, Fancy Free finds Byrd leading a large ensemble prominently featuring Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin or Jerry Dodgion on flute, and several percussionists. But the most important piece of the puzzle is Duke Pearson's electric piano, the first time Byrd utilized the instrument."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fancy Free" (Donald Byrd) – 12:06
  2. "I Love the Girl" (Byrd) – 8:48
  3. "The Uptowner" (Mitch Farber) – 9:16
  4. "Weasil" (Charles Hendricks) – 9:00

Recorded on May 9 (#2, 4) and June 6 (#1, 3), 1969.



  1. ^ Huey, Steve (2011). "Fancy Free - Donald Byrd | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Huey, S.Allmusic Review: Fancy Free accessed 07 June 2010