Jim Walker

Free Flight

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This obscure LP was the debut album for Free Flight, a remarkable group that was always capable of playing jazz, classical and crossover, often switching back and forth. Flutist Jim Walker and pianist Milcho Leviev were the co-founders (bassist Jimmy Lacefield and drummer Peter Erskine complete the quartet), and the emphasis on this album (unlike later ones) was on jazz interpretations of classical themes. Leviev adapted melodies by Bach, Samuel Barber, Henri Dutilleux, Debussy and Poncho Vladigerov. In addition, the group plays Leviev's "Pavane for a True Musical Prince" (dedicated to Don Ellis) and his classic "Bulgarian Boogie" (which is in 33/16 time!). Well worth searching for.

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