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Sam Rivers – Contrasts (1980/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sam Rivers – Contrasts (1980/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:35 minutes | 860 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ECM
Recorded: December 1979 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg

Dave Holland always described Sam Rivers’ groups as his finishing school. It was Sam who instructed him to play “all the music” – inside, outside, atonal, swing, blues, and all the hues of the jazz and chamber music traditions. By the time of Contrasts, Rivers and Holland had been working together consistently for seven years (with Dave’s Conference of the Birds at the start of the story), a powerhouse combination of multi-reeds and double bass. Of the drummers who passed through the line-up, Thurman Barker was one of the most creative, rippling across drum kit and marimba. Young trombone innovator George Lewis had already worked with Holland and Barker in Anthony Braxton groups. For Contrasts everyone was fired up and ready to play.

Tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers (also heard on soprano and flute) teams up in a quartet with trombonist George Lewis, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Thurman Barker (doubling on marimba) for a date that certainly defies the stereotype of a typical ECM session. The seven Rivers originals, although sometimes having colorful melodies, are quite complex. However, the intriguing and very alert interplay between the brilliant musicians makes the music seem fairly logical and worth exploring by adventurous listeners. ~~AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1. Circles 04:18
2. Zip 04:45
3. Solace 06:57
4. Verve 07:12
5. Dazzle 09:16
6. Images 03:55
7. Lines 07:12

Sam Rivers, soprano and tenor saxophones, flute
George Lewis, trombone
Dave Holland, bass
Thurman Barker, drums, marimba


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