Barefoot Boy

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For the 1938 film, see Barefoot Boy (film)
Barefoot Boy
Studio album by Larry Coryell
Released 1971
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York
Genre Jazz, Jazz fusion
Length 40:35
Label Flying Dutchman / Atco
Producer Bob Thiele
Larry Coryell chronology
Larry Coryell at the Village Gate
Barefoot Boy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Barefoot Boy is Larry Coryell's first and only album for the Flying Dutchman label, a company created by Impulse! Records founder Bob Thiele. The album was produced by Thiele, with production assistance from Lillian Seyfert and engineered by Eddie Kramer. Barefoot Boy was recorded at Electric Ladyland in New York, according to the album's liner note with a certain level of spontaneity. The first-cut - a distinctive version of "Gypsy Queen", the well-covered Gábor Szabó tune made famous by Santana on the album Abraxas - featured Coryell and saxophonist Steve Marcus soloing over a propulsive rhythm put down by Roy Haynes and percussionists Lawrence Killian and Harry Wilkinson. Using heavy distortion throughout, Coryell's playing was at its most rock on the track. Based on a boogaloo beat, and with bassist Mervin Bronson added to the line-up, his playing on the filming "The Great Escape" was bluesier and less extreme. The album's third and final track, the side-long modal tour-de-force "Call to the Higher Consciousness", showed Coryell playing in a traditional jazz style, with an opening sax solo by Steve Marcus, sensitive drum work from Roy Haynes and the group augmented by pianist Mike Mandel.

Original liner notes by Bob Palmer[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs except "Gypsy Queen" were composed by Larry Coryell.

Side one
  1. "Gypsy Queen" – 11:50 (Gábor Szabó)
  2. "The Great Escape" – 8:39
Side two
  1. "Call To The Higher Consciousness" – 20:00



  • Larry Coryell - guitar
  • Steve Marcus - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Lawrence Killian - conga
  • Roy Haynes - drums
  • Harry Wilkinson - percussion
  • Mervin Bronson - bass
  • Mike Mandel - piano



  • "The Great Escape" (3:00) / "Gypsy Queen" (2:58) - Flying Dutchman/Atco FD-26012; released 1971 (U.S.)


  1. ^ Newsom, Jim. "Barefoot Boy - Larry Coryell | AllMusic". Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Larry Coryell; Consumer Guide Reviews". 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 51. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.