Free Form

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This article is about the album by Donald Byrd. For the album by Joe Harriott, see Free Form (Joe Harriott album).
Free Form
Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released 1962
Recorded December 11, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:21
45:33 with bonus track
Label Blue Note
BST 84118
Producer Alfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
Royal Flush
Free Form
A New Perspective
Alternative cover
2004 CD cover

Free Form is an album by American trumpeter Donald Byrd featuring Byrd with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label in 1962.[1] It was remastered in 2003 and reissued on CD. On the CD reissue, the original stereo release is erroneously given as "BST 84106" instead of BST 84118.


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Free Form is both a smorgasbord of modern jazz styles and a breakthrough album showing the Detroit born trumpeter's versatility and interest in diversity... This may be close to Donald Byrd's best early work, a strong statement that is by no means homogeneous, but expresses many of the avenues in jazz he was exploring while finding his own unique voice on the trumpet".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Donald Byrd except as indicated
  1. "Pentecostal Feelin'" - 6:43
  2. "Night Flower" (Herbie Hancock) - 6:48
  3. "Nai Nai" - 6:37
  4. "French Spice" - 8:02
  5. "Free Form" - 11:11
  6. "Three Wishes" (Hancock) - 5:12 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed September 2, 2010
  2. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 2, 2010