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Reunion - Live in New York

Reunion - Live in New York by Sam Rivers
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Pi Recordings
This trio helped define the "loft era" in 1970s New York, though it seldom put out albums. So this 2007 reunion date at Columbia University is a treasure (especially given Rivers' 2011 death). In the first set, Rivers offers tenor sax flights ("Part 1") and a piano clinic ("Part 3") that moves from abstraction toward the blues. Dave Holland sounds pumped on a solo that opens "Part 2." Barry Altschul's drumming is crisp and responsive. Forget the unrecorded past: What's clear is how this kind of "free" jazz, in which players are as free to swing as they are to pummel, remains visionary.
Seth Colter Walls


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