Out Front! (Jaki Byard album)

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Out Front!
Out Front!.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 14, 1961 and May 21 & 28, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
PR 7397
ProducerEsmond Edwards
Jaki Byard chronology
Out Front!
Jaki Byard Quartet Live!

Out Front! is an album by pianist Jaki Byard recorded in 1964 (with one track from the 1961 session that produced Here's Jaki) and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 2½ stars with its review by Scott Yanow stating, "this is a surprisingly conventional set... It's fine music but one has to lower expectations a bit".[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz, on the other hand, gave the album a 4 star review, remarking "the early Prestige and New Jazz sets … are uniformly excellent. Out Front! remains our favorite, largely because it shows off Byard's infallible instinct for horn voicings. Tracks like 'European Episode' and 'Lush Life' are well worth studying in some detail."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jaki Byard except where noted

  1. "Out Front" - 4:18
  2. "Two Different Worlds" (Al Frisch, Sid Wayne) - 5:25
  3. "Searchlight" - 7:06
  4. "European Episode" - 12:02
  5. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:23
  6. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) - 5:08
  7. "I Like to Lead When I Dance" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 2:30
  8. "After the Lights Go Down Low" (Phil Belmonte, Leroy Lovett, Alan White) - 4:50



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed July 25, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed July 25, 2012
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 35. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 207–208. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.