Multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers is usually identified with jazz's avant-garde wing, but many of his albums are highly accessible thanks to his use of hard swing and his well-defined themes. Recorded in 1967, DIMENSIONS AND EXTENSIONS is one of Rivers's finest albums ever. It features a group of simpatico musicians including trombonist Julian Priester (later to play with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band), alto saxophonist James Spaulding, and hard bop (later crossover) expert trumpeter Donald Byrd. While much of this set is cerebral and sometimes challenging, Rivers engages the listener with his fervent soloing on soprano and tenor saxes and flute, as well as with his rhythmic urgency.
Release Date: 15 September 2008
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