Sam Rivers records ‘Contours’ with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock et al (1965)

Sam Rivers‘ ‘Contours’ is his second (fully avant-garde) album recorded on May 21, 1965 and released the same year by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Point Of Many Returns (Sam Rivers) – 09:20 . 2.Dance Of The Tripedal (Sam Rivers) – 10:07 . 3.Euterpe (Sam Rivers) – 11:43 . 4.Mellifluous Cacophony (Sam Rivers) – 08:58

Musicians : Sam Rivers – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet . Herbie Hancock – Piano . Ron Carter – Bass . Joe Chambers – Drums

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Don Heckman – Liner Notes . Reid Miles – Cover Design, Photography . Francis Wolff – Photography

Recorded On May 21, 1965 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1965 By Blue Note.

(Source Sam Rivers‘ ‘Contours’ | Jazz legend Sam Rivers)


Jazz Reviews
Something that immediately drew me to this record was River’s use of improvisationand free approach towards the compositions. Many of Rivers’ tunes on this album feature loose forms, for leniancy. […]

The Guardian
Taken as a whole, the set has Rivers’ fearlessly ambitious energy stamped all over itand the compositions (all his) are consistently bold and startling in their balance of free-jazz and the mid-60s Davis group’s fluid approach to tempo and swing. […]

StonedWallaby @ RateYourMusic
I don’t really adore this as much as many jazzbos seem to. The compositions are fairly modest and not that far removed from basic modal jazz for the most partand the 10-minute length of each song is a bit excessive as a large part tends to be occupied by dull series of solos. […]

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