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The Free Spirits


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New York City, US, 1966-1967

The Free Spirits were one of the very first instances in history when jazz and rock was combined and are listed in jazz literature as the first jazz-rock band. They were formed in 1966 in NYC by primarily jazz musicians who “decided to play rock”. Among them was Larry Coryell. They recorded one album, Out Of Sight And Sound, which was released in 1967. The album sounds quite ahead of its time musically, it contains solid rock songs flavoured by jazz songwriting, thorough horn arrangements, some free jazz saxophone playing, sitar in one song and a touch of contemporary psychedelia here and there. It is known that they opened for The Doors and that they broke up due to lack of success at some point in 1967. The album sold poorly and went mostly unnoticed. It has become notable for historians as being probably the first ever attempt to combine rock with jazz.
The CD version of their album contains extensive liner notes by Richie Unterberger.


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  • Porculus

    The most underrated band ever. More than Moby Grape

    18 Dec 2012 Reply

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