Sam Rivers – Contrasts (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:34 minutes | 907 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ECM
One of the great, and most underrated, figures in the jazz avant-garde, composer, and reedman Sam Rivers turned out rigorous, substantive work from the early ’60s well into the 2000s.
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.
01 – Circles
02 – Zip
03 – Solace
04 – Verve
05 – Dazzle
06 – Images
07 – Lines
Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered by Martin Wieland.
Recorded in December 1979 at at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg.
Sam Rivers – soprano & tenor saxophone, flute
George Lewis – trombone
Dave Holland – double bass
Thurman Barker – drums, marimba