Performer, musician, band: Sam Rivers
Album name: Dimensions And Extensions
Original CD year: 1967
Comment: BelaRues Collection
  Sam Rivers - Dimensions And Extensions
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Sam Rivers - Dimensions And Extensions
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01. Precis
02. Paean
03. Effusive Melange
04. Involution
05. Afflatus
06. Helix

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Dimensions and Extensions

Artist: Sam Rivers Album Title: Dimensions and Extensions Date of Release: Mar 17, 1967 (approx.) Cecil McBee - Bass Julian Priester - Trombone Sam Rivers - Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) James Spaulding - Flute, Sax (Alto) Donald Byrd - Trumpet Steve Ellington - Drums
Ambitious, atonal, challenging -- all are accurate descriptions of Dimensions and Extensions, Sam Rivers' fourth album for Blue Note. Rivers remains grounded in hard bop structure, working with a sextet featuring Donald Byrd (trumpet), James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute), Julian Priester (trombone), Cecil McBee (bass) and Steve Ellington (drums), but he explodes the boundaries of the form with difficult, dissonant compositions. With his unique, mercurial tone and edgy solos, he keeps pushing the sextet in different directions. It's intense, cerebral music, but since it has distinct themes and strong rhythms, the forays into free jazz, dissonant harmonies and unpredictable tonal textures are actually quite accessible. Rivers simply burns on each track, whether playing tenor, soprano or flute. Byrd doesn't display the wild imagination of Rivers, yet he keeps the pace with alternately languid and biting solos. Similarly, the remaining musicians each make a lasting impression with their individual time in the spotlight. With music as risky at this, it's forgivable that it occasionally meanders (especially on the slower numbers), but overall, Dimensions and Extensions offers more proof that Sam Rivers was one of the early giants of the avant-garde. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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