Sam Rivers Contrasts on 180g LP
There was classical music. There was jazz. There even was rock. Then there was one record company that didn’t care. ECM devoted itself to all kinds of music, as long as it was good and helped shape the story of our listening. The label is pleased to reissue seven historical albums, all mastered from the original analog sources on 180 gram vinyl as part of their Re:solutions series. Follow the great arc of music on these early ECM productions, with works for orchestra and improvisers, guitar duo, solo piano, and jazz quartet.
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 in 1979, 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 certainly fired up and ready to play.
Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor saxophones, flute)
George Lewis (trombone)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums, marimba)
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