Sunday, March 9, 2014

SAM RIVERS – Black Africa! - Villalago 1976 (Horo,2LP-1977) and Perugia 1976 (Horo,2LP-1977)



Label: Horo Records – HDP 03-04
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album; Country: Italy - Released: 1977
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Villalago (Umbria Jazz) July 24, 1976,
except D2 recorded live at Perugia, July 25, 1976
Re-Design Covers By – ART&JAZZ Studio, By VITKO
Producer – Aldo Sinesio

Sam Rivers - Black Africa! Villalago
Horo HDP 3/4 (2 LP) 1977 Italy

A  -  Black Africa (Soprano Section)  19:54
B  -  Black Africa (Piano & Flute Section)  19:56
C  -  Black Africa (Flute & Tenor Section)  19:58
D1 - Black Africa (Villalago: Encore)  11:04
D2 - Black Africa (Perugia Concert: Finale)  11:03

SAM RIVERS - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, piano, voice
JOE DALEY -  tuba, euphonium
DON PULLEN - piano (track C)
SIDNEY SMART - drums, percussion

"Umbria Jazz certainly has got to be one of the most unique jazz events in the world. Taking place in the Umbria region of central Italy, this festival is a mini tour by both participating musicians and the public of the little towns in the region. The performances take place in the piazzas or parks of the village, and no entrance fee is charged. A nominal charge is made for bus transportation to the villages. These two double albums document the performances by the Sam Rivers tour: the villages of Villalago and Perugia."
_ Carl Brauer, CADENCE / Vol. 4, No. 4 / June 1978


Sam Rivers Trio performs Rivers` composition BLACK AFRICA in Villalago/Perugia, Italy on July 24/25, 1976. Joe Daley plays tuba & euphonium and Sidney Smart is on drums and percussion. Rivers employs his usual repertoire of sax, flute, piano and screaming. In addition, the editors of this LP have seen it fit to print Don Pullen`s name in capital letters on the back cover, but I wouldn`t make too much out of this, for reasons mentioned shortly.
The set is more a free jazz freak-out than a composition. I`ve heard wilder things, but not from Rivers. The music is excellent. In addition to Rivers` contribution, especially Joe Daley on tuba is awesome. If there`s one shortcoming, it`s the sound quality, which is admittedly relatively poor. It just so happens that one of the worst moments in this regard coincides with Pullen`s comes, making his contribution barely audible. That`s why marketing this with his name seems pretty misleading.
But despite these shortcomings, I am sure you will enjoy this legendary gig.




Label: Horo Records – HDP 05-06
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album; Country: Italy - Released: 1977
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live in Perugia (Umbria Jazz), July 25, 1976.
Re-Design Covers By – ART&JAZZ Studio, By VITKO
Producer – Aldo Sinesio

Sam Rivers - Black Africa! Perugia
Horo HDP 5/6 (2 LP) 1977 Italy

A - Black Africa! (Tenor Section)  19:55
B - Black Africa! (Piano Section)  19:47
C - Black Africa! (Flute & Soprano Sections)  16:26
D - Black Africa! (Tenor Section)  21:04

SAM RIVERS - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, piano, voice
JOE DALEY -  tuba, euphonium
SIDNEY SMART - drums, percussion

Note:
Back covers is slightly altered in order to insert the informations which is found in the inner pages of the both albums.



If you find it, buy this album!

16 comments:

  1. SAM RIVERS – Black Africa! - Villalago 1976 (Horo,2LP-1977)
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    SAM RIVERS – Black Africa! - Perugia 1976 (Horo,2LP-1977)
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  2. Hi Black Africa-Villalago only the first track worked? Can you use another upload site? Thanks.

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    1. I do not know what happened to you, but everything is OK. I checked. Try again later.

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  3. Thanks for the rare vinyl rip of this rare one! Being a huge Don Pullen fan/collector i have to hear this, even if The Don is "barely audible"! ;-) But this reminds me of Pullen's solo piano LP on Horo: some of his best solo piano playing from the mid-70's, and Italian engineer was so unskilled that most of Don's playing on this record is distorted! (That's why it has never been reissued on CD.) Related, on the David Murray & Low Class Conspiracy live LPs, recorded August 18, 1977 at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Don Pullen is also barely audible due to the poor sound quality/bad live sound engineering. (Pullen seems to have suffered this fate regularly in the 1970s, which unfortunately was his most *vital* period...) --dandor

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  4. Now that i've had a chance to hear this one, Don Pullen is audible but still buried sounding on side B which is labeled 'Piano Section'. You have it indicated as: "DON PULLEN - piano (track C)" where it is actually track B which is noted as being (Piano Section) where Pullen can be heard (in the background). Thanks for the listen to this rare one! --dandor

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  5. Oops, i guess this is two separate double LP sets: maybe that's where i am getting confused! now to download the other LP set! :-) --dandor

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    1. Only without the nervousness dandor :) and I'll look to correct this injustice to Don Pullen with one good album in the near future.
      Regards.

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    2. Thanks Again (in advance ;-), Vitko!

      i forgot to mention the name of the solo piano record from Don Pullen on Horo (with the mostly distorted sound whenever he played intensely), it is called Five To Go (never reissued on CD), but your knowledgeable listeners/readers already knew this already, no doubt!! --dandor (maybe one day i should sign up for a google account so i don't have to post *anonymously*--oh well...;-)

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  6. Thanks, curious to hear how these sound compared to some other rips. The music is what matters. Plus I've never seen these around for purchase anyway!

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  7. I' ve only heard the first LP so far and it's awesome as will no doubt be the case with the 2nd LP as well. Thank you very much Vitko.

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  8. So interesting to hear both shows with the same composition. Thanks Vitko!

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