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Free Ride

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although Lalo Schifrin is justifiably praised for his soundtrack work, many jazz purists turn up their noses at his jazz dates, such as his '60s work with Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. The things that make Schifrin an anathema to the diehards -- the huge orchestras, the pop and soul riffs, the general air of over the top theatricality -- are all over 1977's Free Ride, his reunion date with Dizzy Gillespie. Schifrin had been Gillespie's arranger in the late '50s. In fact, Free Ride is so painfully dated that it's transformed into cockeyed cool, just the sort of record ironic hipsters should listen to while they're reading the novelizations of '70s cop shows that they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although Lalo Schifrin is justifiably praised for his soundtrack work, many jazz purists turn up their noses at his jazz dates, such as his '60s work with Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. The things that make Schifrin an anathema to the diehards -- the huge orchestras, the pop and soul riffs, the general air of over the top theatricality -- are all over 1977's Free Ride, his reunion date with Dizzy Gillespie. Schifrin had been Gillespie's arranger in the late '50s. In fact, Free Ride is so painfully dated that it's transformed into cockeyed cool, just the sort of record ironic hipsters should listen to while they're reading the novelizations of '70s cop shows that they bought for a bundle off of eBay. Gillespie plays with his usual wit and panache, but most of the time, he sounds like a sideman on his own album; the real focus of Schifrin's arrangements is the funky wah-wah guitars and ARP synthesizer solos that take center stage on tracks like "Fire Dance" which sounds exactly like it should be the theme for a Charlie's Angels spinoff and the mellow disco of the closing "Last Stroke of Midnight." Occasionally, Gillespie gets to break out on his own album, with the lovely solo on "Love Poem for Donna" his particular standout. For what it is, Free Ride is really quite good guests include Lee Ritenour and future star Ray Parker, Jr., but it's very much a record of and for its time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1993
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218678421
  • Catalog Number: 784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unicorn (6:48)
  2. 2 Fire Dance (4:25)
  3. 3 Incantation (6:40)
  4. 4 Wrong Number (4:36)
  5. 5 Free Ride (5:22)
  6. 6 Ozone Madness (6:34)
  7. 7 Love Poem For Donna (4:33)
  8. 8 The Last Stroke Of Midnight (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Primary Artist, Trumpet
Lalo Schifrin Conductor, Keyboards
Jerome Richardson Flute
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Wilton Felder Bass
Ed Greene Drums
Jack Laubach Trumpet
Lew McCreary Trombone
Ray Parker Jr. Electric Guitar
Lee Ritenour Electric Guitar
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson Electric Guitar
Sonny Burke Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
James R. Horn Flute, Saxophone
Wa Wa Watson Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Arranger, Producer
Oscar Brashear Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Wilton Felder Contributor
Peter Granet Engineer
Ed Greene Contributor
Grover Helsley Engineer
Jim Horn Contributor
Jack Laubach Contributor
Lew McCreary Contributor
Lee Ritenour Contributor
Ernie Watts Contributor
Wah-Wah Watson Contributor
Charles E. Spangler Engineer
Phil Carroll Artwork
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