Free Ride (album)

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Free Ride
Free Ride (album) LP.jpg
Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin
Released 1977
Recorded January 31 and February 1 & 2, 1977
Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz
Length 43:27
Label Pablo
Producer Lalo Schifrin
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
Dizzy's Party
(1976)Dizzy's Party1976
Free Ride
The Gifted Ones
(1977)The Gifted Ones1977

Free Ride is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie which was composed, arranged and conducted by Lalo Schifrin, recorded in 1977 and released on the Pablo label.[1] The album represents the first collaboration between the two since The New Continent in 1962.


The Allmusic review stated "The things that make Schifrin an anathema to the diehards -- the huge orchestras, the pop and soul riffs, the general air of over the top theatricality -- are all over 1977's Free Ride, his reunion date with Dizzy Gillespie... it's very much a record of and for its time".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 1/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lalo Schifrin

  1. "Unicorn" - 6:48
  2. "Fire Dance" - 4:25
  3. "Incantation" - 6:40
  4. "Wrong Number" - 4:36
  5. "Free Ride" - 5:22
  6. "Ozone Madness" - 6:34
  7. "Love Poem for Donna" - 4:33
  8. "The Last Stroke of Midnight" - 4:29



  1. ^ Dizzy Gillespie discography accessed April 18, 2012
  2. ^ a b Mason, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 18, 2012
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 83. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.