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Rivers / Holland / Altschul

Reunion: Live in New York [2 CDs]

Rivers / Holland / Altschul: Reunion: Live in New York [2 CDs] (Pi Recordings)

After 25 years, saxophonist, flutist, and pianist Sam Rivers reunites his groundbreaking trio of Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums for a fully improvised concert at Miller Theatre.

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UPC: 808713004526

Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: Pi 45
Squidco Product Code: 16614

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDs in gatefold cardstock foldover
Recorded live at Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York on May 25th, 2007.


Sam Rivers-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, piano

Dave Holland-bass

Barry Altschul-drums

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track listing:


1. Part 1 8:07

2. Part 2 9:41

3. Part 3 15:45

4. Part 4 8:37

5. Part 5 9:32


1. Part 1 8:55

2. Part 2 14:46

3. Part 3 4:10

4. Part 4 7:23

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NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"A historically important new release, Sam Rivers "Live at Miller Theater" 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.

Rivers played with such disparate musicians as Miles Davis, T -Bone Walker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cecil Taylor in a musical career that spanned over 50 years. He is best known for his heralded albums on Blue Note and Impulse! of the 1960s and 1970s 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."-Pi Recordings

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Artist Biographies:

"Barry Altschul (born January 6, 1943, New York City)[1] is a free jazz and hard bop drummer who gained fame in the late 1960s with the pianists Paul Bley and Chick Corea.

Altschul, having initially taught himself to play drums, studied with Charlie Persip during the 1960s. In the latter part of the decade, he performed with Paul Bley. In 1969 he joined with Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton to form the group Circle. At the time, he made use of a high-pitched Gretsch kit with add-on drums and percussion instruments, which he integrated seamlessly in a whirlwind of sound.

In the 1970s Altschul worked extensively with Anthony Braxton's quartet featuring Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and George Lewis. Braxton, signed to Arista Records, was able to secure a large enough budget to tour with a collection of dozens of percussion instruments, strings and winds. In addition to his participation in ensembles featuring avant-garde musicians, Altschul performed with Lee Konitz, Art Pepper and other "straight ahead" jazz performers.

Altschul also made albums as a leader, but after the mid-1980s he was rarely seen in concert or on record, spending much of his time in Europe. Since the 2000s, he has become more visible, with two sideman appearances on the CIMP label with the FAB trio (with Billy Bang and Joe Fonda), the Jon Irabagon Trio recording "Foxy", and the bassist Adam Lane. Altschul has played or recorded with many musicians, including Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman, Barre Phillips, Denis Levaillant, Andrew Hill, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, and Lee Konitz."-Wikipedia

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