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Recorded in 2003 at the Clear Lake recording studio in Venice, California. This set places Sam Rivers in the company of drummer Harris Eisenstadt and percussionist Adam Rudolph for a series of seven medium-length freewheeling improvisations. Rivers plays tenor, soprano and flute on these exercises and the effect is electrifying. While completely in the moment, utterly outside, and spontaneously realized, there is a certain warmth and accessibility on this outing that is unexpected. The music flows, easily, effortlessly, and Rivers' own focus is remarkable in the onslaught of drums that seem to come from behind and in front of him, surrounding him on every side. The feeling is ever forward. Rivers doesn't strive to play above the drums but with them, through them, inside them, weaving a quilt of color and nuance while still projecting considerable force. This is not a date for everyone and it is a workout, but it's a sublime one that offers plenty to anyone willing to take it on its own terms.

Biography

Born: 12 September 1955 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer/hand percussionist Adam Rudolph was born in Chicago in 1955, and as a teen was mentored by the likes of Don Cherry, Fred Anderson, and Maulawi Nururdin. After receiving a self-designed undergraduate degree in ethnomusicology from Oberlin College, Rudolph went on to earn his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts; in 1977 he traveled to Ghana and met the famed griot Foday Musa Suso, and a year later they reunited in Chicago to form the Mandingo Griot Society, pioneering a fusion...
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