Freedom Together!

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Freedom Together!
Freedom Together!.jpg
Studio album by Jaki Byard
Released 1966
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
PR 7463
Producer Don Schlitten
Jaki Byard chronology
The Last from Lennie's
(1965)The Last from Lennie's1965
Freedom Together!
On the Spot!
(1967)On the Spot!1967

Freedom Together! is an album by pianist Jaki Byard recorded in 1966 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

In a contemporary review, Down Beat gave the album 4 stars, and commented on the balance between freedom and structure in the performances: "The title track is a most eloquent refutation of the avant-garde illiterates, while being an object lesson in how to attain the highest form of personal musical freedom."[3] Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars, with the review by Scott Yanow stating, "This is a particularly unusual and colorful set, for Byard not only plays piano, but makes appearances on celeste, electric piano, vibes, drums and tenor sax... Byard is in excellent form".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jaki Byard except as indicated

  1. "Freedom Together" – 11:29
  2. "Getting to Know You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 4:54
  3. "Ode to Prez" – 3:21
  4. "Nocturne for Contrabass" – 6:00
  5. "Just You, Just Me" (Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) – 5:18
  6. "Night Leaves" – 6:22
  7. "Young at Heart" (Carolyn Leigh, Johnny Richards) – 2:07



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography. Accessed July 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed July 26, 2012
  3. ^ a b "Jaki Byard" Down Beat, p. 75 (Volume 34; 1967)
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 35. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.