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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sam Rivers - Philadelphia 1972

Here's the first of three Sam Rivers shows from the seventies. Rivers might not be the most consistent saxophonist around, but he's certainly been around long enough to be considered a monument.

His early albums for Blue Note were collected by Mosaic Records in the nineties (and some have since returned and partly gone OOP again in Blue Note's Connoisseur and RVG Series). In the second half of the sixties, Rivers started making records for Impulse - most of those are hard to find, alas. Then he started making a flurry of albums for countless labels... quite an impossible task to keep track! Yet, there's Rick Lopez' amazing sessionography to be found on the internet.

More recently, Rivers collaborated with Jason Moran, Steven Bernstein, Reggie Workman, and Alexander von Schlippenbach. His longstanding collaborators further include Dave Holland, Barry Altschul ("Conference of the Birds" with Braxton and Altschul is a classic!), and he can be heard on classic Blue Note albums by Tony Williams and Bobby Hutcherson, as well as with Andrew Hill. His 1995 solo release "Portrait" (FMP) might be THE masterwork, in my book...

Sam Rivers Quartet
Philadelphia, PA (USA), Grendel's Lair
January 1, 1972

Sam Rivers - flute, soprano sax, tenor sax, piano
Dave Holland - bass, cello
Barry Altschul - drums
unknown - marimba

1. untitled improvisation (46:35) [inc]

Sound: A-
Lineage: fm> tape> cd-r> EAC(secure mode)> wav> flac(7)(asb)
(received in trade)

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Note: seeded on with 1976-09-02 Amsterdam date.


ubu said...

FLAC (tagged) + info:

1009 said...

I've seen some later bootlegs from this trio, but nothing circa '72. Should be the *Conference of the Birds* band minus Braxton. I'm very much looking forward to hearing it. Thanks!

Wallofsound said...

Very much looking forward to this one.

hulaboy said...

Many thanks for this fine recording of the always interesting Mr. Rivers.

emelt said...

I believe Altschul play marimba on Conference of the Birds -could be him on marimba here.