Thursday, March 26, 2015

DAVE HOLLAND / SAM RIVERS – Dave Holland and Sam Rivers, Vol. 1 (LP-1976)

Label: Improvising Artists Inc. – IAI 373843
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1976
Style: Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Big Apple Studio, New York City, February 18, 1976.
Artwork [Jacket], Photography By – Carol Goss
Composed By – Sam Rivers
Producer – Paul Bley
Recorded By, Mixed By – David Baker

A - Waterfall  ........................................................ 17:10
bass – Dave Holland / soprano saxophone – Sam Rivers

B - Cascade  .......................................................... 21:20
bass – Dave Holland / tenor saxophone – Sam Rivers

Intimate improvisational music played with absolute mastery by the incredible Sam Rivers (saxophonist/flutist/composer) and a great virtuoso of the double bass Dave Holland. A profound musical journey - but also just a dialogue between friends. Essential.

The first of two LPs that bring back a daylong duet session by Sam Rivers and bassist Dave Holland consists of two lengthy improvisations featuring Rivers on soprano and tenor; volume two features him playing flute and piano. Rivers' adventurous solos and interplay with the virtuosic Holland make this record of interest to listeners with open ears toward the avant-garde, despite the LP-length playing time.

Please be aware that this music will not immediately mandate foot tapping. Nor was it intended to, at least not during the first listen. It IS the combination of two legendary musicians providing wholly improvised, extended duo performances that never weaken with time. This music was recorded in 1976, and is still fresh. It does not fall into the traps of, I am sorry to say standard, so-called free form music, with its inability to focus. Rather, this musical set brings the listener to and through distinctly formed stream of consciousness improvisations with Sam Rivers playing and soprano then tenor saxes, underpinned by Dave Holland on bass. This, along with Volume two of this collaboration, should be a part of anyone's collection who appreciates interactive music which develops musical forms with structure and clarity; music that never fades.

If you find it, buy this album!


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    1. New link:

      DAVE HOLLAND / SAM RIVERS – Dave Holland and Sam Rivers, Vol. 1 (LP-1976)
      Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork


  2. Glad to know you were able to fix the strange noise you noticed before you intended to post it two days ago. Thanks, Vitko!

    1. I listened to a few times and it seems to me that now everything is fine.
      Cheers -Otto-.

  3. Thanks Vitko. These are truly great albums. I have them both on vinyl and bought some digital copies a number of years ago. Many thanks for the digital upgrade of these wonderful sets off music! Anyone who hasn't heard these 2 albums should definitely treat there ears and mind. Can't recommend them enough!

  4. THANK-YOU so much for all the music

  5. I bought Volume 2 when it first came out and have never been able to overcome my dislike of the flute. On the other hand Rivers' saxes have always knocked me out! And Dave Holland....well....IS DAVE HOLLAND!!! Many thanks for the opportunity at last to hear this album.


  6. Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!

  7. Thanks Vitko got both these LPs so glad to have a digital transfer from both volumes

  8. Greetings!
    Such a lovely & carefully considered community you keep, Vitko. Kudos.
    If it's not too much to ask, is there any chance you can re-up this particular session? Thank you thank you nonetheless. -Christian

  9. Any chance of putting the link back up? I looked for ways to buy this album online but haven't found any but did find this old post... your blog looks lovely- looking forward to checking it out in more depth as well! Thanks!