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

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Out of this World
Studio album by Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet
Released 1961
Recorded March 2, 1961
Genre Jazz
Label Warwick
W 2041
Producer Teddy Charles
Donald Byrd chronology
Royal Flush
Out of this World

Out of this World is an album by the Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet.[1][2] The album is notable for introducing pianist Herbie Hancock.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

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
A recent CD issue, 2010, 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)[4]
  • Jammin' with Herbie Hancock (TCB LP 1006)[5]
  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”.[6]