Freeflight (album)

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Live album by Ahmad Jamal
Released 1971
Recorded June 17, 1971
Genre Jazz
Length 27:07
Label Impulse!
Producer Ed Michel
Ahmad Jamal chronology
The Awakening

Freeflight is a live album by American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal featuring performances recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971 for the Impulse! label.[1] Additional performances from this concert were released as Outertimeinnerspace in 1972. It was also the first album to have Jamal play electric piano. The Rhodes Piano was given to him by somebody living in Switzerland, and Jamal said he would continue to play the instrument in the future as well as his standard acoustic piano.

Critical reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "one of pianist Ahmad Jamal's finest recordings of the early '70s... An excellent effort".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ahmad Jamal except as indicated
  1. Introduction – 0:53
  2. "Effendi" (McCoy Tyner) – 11:27
  3. "Dolphin Dance" (Herbie Hancock) – 4:51
  4. "Manhattan Reflections" – 10:00
  5. "Poinciana" (Buddy Bernier, Nat Simon) – 11:28
    • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the Casino De Montreux in Switzerland on June 17, 1971



  1. ^ Impulse! Records discography accessed April 14, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 14, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 111. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.