Personnel includes: Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, George Benson.
Personnel: Airto Moreira (vocals, wooden flute, drums, percussion); Flora Purim (vocals, percussion); Jay Berliner (acoustic guitar); George Benson (electric guitar); Joe Farrell (flute, soprano saxophone); Hubert Laws (flute); Alan Rubin, Mel Davis , Burt Collins (trumpet); Garnett Brown, Joe Wallace, Wayne Andre (trombone); Keith Jarrett (piano); Chick Corea, Nelson Ayres (Fender Rhodes piano); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Stanley Clarke (electric bass).
Audio Remixer: Danny Kadar .
Recording information: 1972.
Photographer: Pete Turner .
Arranger: Chick Corea.
Airto Moreira's first album for Creed Taylor's nascent jazz-fusion label CTI contributed magnificently to Taylor's modus operandi--expanding the boundaries of jazz to include elements of indigenous cultures, rock, and even classical modes. FREE is Airto in full, unencumbered flight.
His version of Chick Corea's own genre-defining classic "Return to Forever" sets the listener adrift in a choppy sea of vocal atmospheres, crests of electric piano, and Airto's simmering squall lines of percussion. The title track conjures the Brazilian rainforest with a thick underbrush of rhythm, tribal howls, and chatter. Airto and his cohorts play a wonderful array of ceremonial woodblocks, wood flutes, and other natural Brazilian noisemakers. Accompanying the percussionist are such stellar figures as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, and George Benson.