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Reunion: Live in New York

Sam RiversAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: PI Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Set: Part 1
2. Part 2
3. Part 3
4. Part 4
5. Part 5
6. Second Set: Part 1
7. Part 2
8. Part 3
9. Part 4

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Product Description

A historically important new release, Sam Rivers
Reunion: Live in New York features the reunion of
octogenarian saxophonist/flutist/pianist Rivers with
his groundbreaking trio of two-time Grammy Award®
winner Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on
drums. The venerated band was a mainstay at Rivers
Studio RivBea the most famous venue during
the loft jazz movement of the 1970s and was
well-known for its marathon fully-improvised
concerts. Their powerful rapport gives no hint of
the fact that they had not played together in 25
years when this concert took place in 2007.
In a musical career that spanned more than 50
years, Rivers played with such disparate musicians
as Miles Davis, T-Bone Walker, Dizzy Gillespie,
and Cecil Taylor. He is best known for his heralded
albums on Blue Note and Impulse!, and two
Grammy®-nominated big band recordings for RCA.
The Rivers/Holland/Altschul trio, though revered
in jazz circles, recorded rarely, and those out-of-print
records are highly sought-after by collectors.
Unfortunately, Rivers did not live to see the release
of this CD; he passed away on December 26, 2011.


Inexhaustibly creative ... among the leading figures
in the postwar jazz avant-garde. --New York Times

A giant of modern jazz. --Npr

As substantial a player as avant-garde jazz ever
produced. --All Music Guide

A giant of modern jazz. --Npr

As substantial a player as avant-garde jazz ever
produced. --All Music Guide

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This live release is quite something for Rivers' fans. The music on both sets is wholly improvised-nothing was rehearsed beforehand. For those who've heard Dave Holland's "Conference of the Birds" (a classic of it's kind), this is vaguely similar. Holland's album, with Rivers, Altschul, and Anthony Braxton (making it a quartet), was recorded very early in the life of what would become this fine trio. The sound is very good-clean, crisp, and open. There's no harshness in the high end, or muddiness in the low end. The discs slip inside pockets of a tri-fold cardboard holder. There's a fairly good essay on Rivers' music and this concert printed inside the holder, along with track information.

Each disc represents a continuous (think along the lines of the Grateful Dead segueing from one tune to the next with no breaks between sings), complete set. The timings for each track are there only as a guide-compositions don't begin and end-rather each tune flows into the next. Rivers is heard on tenor/soprano sax/flute/piano. Minus Altschul, this is reminiscent of the two volumes Rivers released of duets between himself and Holland ("Dave Holland Sam Rivers Vol 1", and "Sam Rivers and Dave Holland Vol 2"), which have been difficult to find. If you see them, pick them up-they're prime Rivers and Holland, playing at a very high level of musicianship.

Some will hear this new release as avant garde, free jazz, or outside jazz. But it's much more than that. Rivers considers free form music as something played with no preconceived ideas, as opposed to "noise". And there is a difference if you're ears are tuned that way. If not-to each his own. The trio originally played together during the hey-day of the loft-jazz scene in the 1970's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR September 27, 2012
By groover
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love the music of Sam Rivers and when I saw this up for release I put my pre-order in immediately. This is wonderfully recorded! It is as dynamic, flowing, exciting, beautiful, engaging, thrilling, captivating as any Sam Rivers release ever. Holland plays his brains out with amazing mind-meld attunement with Rivers - like they had just played for months together. Same for Altschul. Solos are brief. At no time are they coasting or just making a bunch of noise like some reunions can be -they are in it like they have everything to prove and nothing to lose yet it emerges as a cohesive statement fueled by their creative logic and empathetic souls. Special people at a peak special moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fitting testiment to a genius' music February 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This recorded concert is the last document of the famed Rivers-Altschul-Holland group which began with the ECM classic "Conference of the Birds" and ended with this gem. It's sad to believe that Sam will no longer be with us, since he left this planet at the ripe old age of 88 but we have this CD to remember him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When I saw this I knew it was must have October 20, 2012
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This is one the finest free forms of jazz you'll ever want to hear. Pretty simple yet very complex. Dave Holland is out standing on double bass.
Sam is spot on one of the finest tenor sax and flute players. Plus some very nice piano work what wonderful treat. Barry's drumming is soild. You can't
go wrong on this one.Plus it's double disc. What I enjoy is the inter action between all three player's. Plus it's improv also just three minds working
together. I own a very large jazz collection both on LP and cd. I featured this cd on my jazz show. last Wednesday night.Don't miss this one. If your a
fan of progressive jazz get it.
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