Fancy Free

DONALD BYRD

$34
Fancy Free finds him catching the front edge of jazz’s shift toward fusion, with a much gentler and more approachable result than some of his peers produced.
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Record icon Release Type Reissue
Record icon Remastering Details Remastered
Record icon Color Black
Record icon Vinyl Size 12
Record icon Speed 33 1/3
Record icon Extras Exclusive Listening Notes By Natalie Weiner
Record icon Foil Stamped Yes
Record icon Numbered Yes
Record icon Disc Format Lp
Record icon Mastering Engineer Kevin Gray
Record icon Pressing Location Gz
Record icon Weight 180
Record icon Jacket Type Single
Record icon Jacket Style Tip On
Record icon Lp Count 1
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Label Universal
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1LP
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12
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33 1/3
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Speed
180
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Weight
1970
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Fancy Free finds him catching the front edge of jazz’s shift toward fusion, with a much gentler and more approachable result than some of his peers produced. Its innovations lie in its source material: Fancy Free adapts the vernacular of funk and R&B more than it does that of rock, the inspiration for most jazz fusion records that are considered canon. Hindsight so often being 20/20, Byrd’s take on fusion — work that was then greeted skeptically — is looking more and more prescient. “I’m not trying to be avant-garde or a hippie,” the then 37-year-old Byrd explained. “I’m me, and a lot of different things interest me at different times. And since I’m not pressing to be something other than myself, the sessions come out as relaxed as I can make them. As this one did.”

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