Sam Rivers’ innovative BLUE NOTE debut from 1964. The underrated composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers(1923-2011) is in superb form on his fascinating debut album for BLUE NOTE.Recorded in New Jersey on December 11, 1964 Rivers restricts himself here to tenor saxophone with a fine rhythm section of Jaki Byard(piano), Ron Carter(bass) & Tony Williams(drums).The six tracks(plus four alternative takes) are all Rivers originals and the music, while based on hard bop, incorporates freer elements.Highlights include ‘Downstairs Blue Upstairs'(with 3 alt. takes), the sensitive ballad ‘Beatrice’ dedicated to his wife and the title track.This CONNOISSEUR edition(2003) of ‘Fuchsia Swing Song’ is an accessible introduction to Sam Rivers’ music and should appeal to anyone who appreciates challenging and passionate modern jazz.
First-rate debut recording from Sam Rivers A superb recording made in December 1964 by the significantly underrated Rivers, backed here by Jaki Byard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Byard in particular is an excellent foil to Rivers, whose complex, individual, bluesy music at this time sits between hard bop and the melodic end of the avant garde. All compositions are by Rivers, and this CD adds three alternative takes of ‘Downstairs Blues’ and one of ‘Luminous Monolith’.It seems that Rivers is finally beginning to get his due as a post-Coltrane saxophonist alongside Wayne Shorter, Eric Dolphy and Joe Henderson, and as a composer alongside Shorter and Andrew Hill, as this record turns up regularly in lists of the best mid-‘sixties jazz. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to explore beyond the well-known Miles Davis and Coltrane recordings of the period – as is his next recording, .
THIS IS NOT A RUDY VAN GELDER EDITION? !!! This is a great CD, but to my knowlegde not a “Rudy van Gelder Series” Edition as stated, but it was released in the “Connoisseurs Series”, and not mastered by Rudy van Gelder.JB
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