Culmination

Culmination

by Sam Rivers
     
 

Despite having played with everyone from Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor, and Andrew Hill to Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Witherspoon, and T-Bone Walker, the legendary saxophonist, flautist, and…  See more details below

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Despite having played with everyone from Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor, and Andrew Hill to Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Witherspoon, and T-Bone Walker, the legendary saxophonist, flautist, and pianist Sam Rivers remains one of the most overlooked figures in jazz. Recently, longtime admirer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman helped to land a deal with RCA to record Rivers's neglected large ensemble works. With the resources of a major label behind him, Rivers was finally able to realize his dream of recording with a well-rehearsed big band of first- rate players. The result was the critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated INSPIRATION, released in 1999. CULMINATION picks up where the densely crafted INSPIRATION left off. Featuring the same stellar cast, including a sax section of Rivers, Coleman, Greg Osby, Chico Freeman, and Hamiet Bluiett, the new project captures plenty of Rivers's avant spirit; but with groove-inspired electric bass and drums upholding the back beat, the core of his music always remains funky. Rivers's orchestrations are thick and knotty, the ensemble playing is spirited, the solos from all involved are brief and intense. The result: a late career triumph for the 70-plus-year-old near icon.

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Sam Rivers' second recording with his Rivbea All-Star Orchestra for RCA is similar to his first one in that he uses an impressive 17-piece band full of top avant-gardists to interpret the dense arrangements of his originals. The music, which is frequently atonal, has so much going on at times that it will take several listens to comprehend everything; it certainly does not lose one's interest! The only fault to this stimulating set is that the soloists are not identified. Although one may recognize the various saxophonists (Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Chico Freeman, Gary Thomas, and Hamiet Blueitt) and trombonist Ray Anderson, most of the brass players will be more difficult to determine. This very adventurous music is remarkable in ways and well worth acquiring by free jazz collectors.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0743216831128
catalogNumber:
68311

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