Airto Moreira’s ‘Free’ is an album recorded March 23 and April 12, 13 & 20, 1972 with among others George Benson and Keith Jarrett and reelased the same year by CTI.
Track Listing : 1.Return To Forever (Chick Corea) – 10:17 . 2.Flora’S Song (Flora Purim) – 08:30 . 3.Free (Airto Moreira) – 11:50 . 4.Lucky Southern (Keith Jarrett) – 02:36 . 5.Creek (Arroio) (Victor Brazil) – 06:12
Musicians : Airto – Percussion, Vocals . Hubert Laws – Flute On (2 – 3 – 4) . Joe Farrell – Soprano Saxophone, Flute Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5) . Chick Corea – Piano, Electric Piano On (1 – 5) . George Benson – Guitar On (4) . Keith Jarrett – Piano On (2 – 4) . Nelson Ayres – Electric Piano On (5) . Jay Berliner – Guitar On (2) . Ron Carter – Bass . Stanley Clarke – Electric Bass On (1) . Flora Purim – Vocals On (1 – 4) . Burt Collins – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Mel Davis – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Alan Rubin – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Wayne Andre – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Garnett Brown – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Joe Wallace – Trombone . Don Sebesky – Arranger
Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer
Package : Pete Turner – Photography . Didier C. Deutsch – Liner Notes . Bob Ciano – Design
Recorded On March 23 And April 12, 13 & 20, 1972 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.
Released In 1972 By Cti.
By now, Airto must have released about 30 LPs and played on and spiced up countless albums, yet Free may still be his best. There’s a very good version of ‘Return To Forever’, there’s this little gem, ‘Lucky Southern’ on which Keith Jarrett plays a wonderful soloand there’s the highlight, Flora’s Song and again, it’s Keith Jarrett who along with Don Sebesky, gets the crown. Airto himself? Not just his percussion is top, but also his drumming. […]
When you think Miles, Weather Report, Chick Corea – think Airto. This album is one of his very best, for its subtlety, depth of feeling and lush arrangements with flute, piano, guitar, electric piano, lots of percussion, voices as well. […]
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Creed Taylor took Airto and his expanded ensemble of musicians into the illustrious and already at the time historical Van Gelder Studios for a set of sessions in April and May of 1972. With 5 songs picked for the final selection, this is the first time extraordinary piano talents of Keith Jarrett had graced an Airto solo LP along with guitarist George Benson and many other notables of the era. […]