Out of This World (Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet album)

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Out of This World
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RecordedMarch 2, 1961
W 2041
ProducerTeddy Charles
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Out of This World is an album by the Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet.[1][2][3] The album features the recording debut of pianist Herbie Hancock.


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [6]

The contemporaneous DownBeat reviewer, Leonard Feather, stated that the album was "the most successful Adams–Byrd collaboration to date", and described Hancock as "a capable and promising pianist".[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original issue, Warwick W 2041

  1. "Out of This World" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
  2. "Curro's" (Donald Byrd)
  3. "It's a Beautiful Evening" (Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne)
  4. "Mr. Lucky Theme" (Henry Mancini) (theme of TV-series Mr. Lucky)
  5. "Bird House" (Donald Byrd)
  6. "Day Dreams" (Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn)

Volume 2, Warwick W 2041-2

  1. "I'm an Old Cowhand" (Johnny Mercer) (previously unreleased) 9:42
  2. "Day Dreams"(alt. take) 4:50
  3. "Out of This World" (alt. take) 3:55
  4. "Mr. Lucky" (alt. take) 6:42
  5. "Curro's" (alt. take) 6:40
  6. "Byrd House" (alt. take) 5:50

2010 issue, Fresh Sound Records

  1. "Byrd House" 10:52
  2. "Mr. Lucky" 8:09
  3. "Day Dreams" 5:10
  4. "I'm an Old Cowhand" 9:44
  5. "Curro's" 11:51
  6. "It's a Beautiful Evening" 5:21
  7. "Out of This World" 9:40



The recording sessions were reissued under various titles and leading artists, some even with changed track titles (false composer credits, missing names of bassist and drummer and the recording date). The first rereleases in the 1970s were probably the following on the American TCB label:

  • Donald Byrd/Herbie Hancock – Takin' Care of Business (TCB LP 1002)[7]
  • Jammin' with Herbie Hancock (TCB LP 1006)[8]
  1. "T.C.B. with Herbie" = "Out of This World"
  2. "Jammin' with Herbie" = "Curro's"
  3. "Rock Your Soul" = "Mr. Lucky Theme"
  4. "Herbie's Blues" = "Bird House"
  5. "Soul Power" = "Day Dreams"
  6. "Cat Call" = "I'm an Old Cowhand"
("It's a Beautiful Evening" is missing.)

Further titles with Hancock starring on the (CD) cover were e.g. Rock Your Soul, Voyager, Jammin' or just Hancock!. Other examples are "Donald Byrd Pepper Adams Quintet featuring Herbie Hancock – Touchstone" or "Herbie Hancock with Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet".[9]


  1. ^ Out of This World at Discogs (list of releases)
  2. ^ http://www.jazzdisco.org/donald-byrd/catalog/#warwick-w-2041 Donald Byrd discography
  3. ^ Encilopedia del Jazz: Pepper Adams accessed May 10, 2017
  4. ^ Thom Jurek Allmusic Review accessed March 23, 2013
  5. ^ a b Feather, Leonard (August 31, 1961). "Pepper Adams – Donald Byrd: Out of This World". DownBeat. Vol. 28, no. 18. p. 23.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 9
  7. ^ Takin' Care of Business at Discogs
  8. ^ Jammin' with Herbie Hancock at Discogs
  9. ^ Donald Byrd / Pepper Adams Quintet with Herbie Hancock – Touchstone at Discogs, for the last-mentioned see 'Other Versions'.