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Sam Rivers - Crystals album

Sam Rivers - Crystals album

  • Performer: Sam Rivers
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Title: Crystals
  • Released: 1975
  • Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
  • Country: US
  • MP3 version size: 1459 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1112 mb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 132


from the album "Crystals" - 1974 - Impulse. UMG (от лица компании "Verve"); LatinAutor, BMI - Broadcast Music In. и другие авторские общества (4).

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Crystals is an album by Sam Rivers released by Impulse! Records in 1974 in a stereo/quadraphonic format. Jazz critic Thom Jurek wrote: Musically, this is the mature Sam Rivers speaking from the wide base of his knowledge as a composer, improviser and conceptualist.

Colours is an album by American jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers featuring Winds of Manhattan, an 11-piece woodwind orchestra. The album was recorded in 1982 for the Italian Black Saint label. The album was composed with some sections of group improvisation. According to participant Steve Coleman, solo improvisations were omitted before the album's release to shorten the track times.

Is Crystals the best album by Sam Rivers? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. Sam Rivers - Crystals (CD, Aug-2002, Universal Distribution) Condition: Very Good. Time left: 9d 17h 46m 51s. Ships to: Worldwide. Sam Rivers ‎– Crystals - LP Stereo/Quadraphonic 1974 - ABC Impulse! ASD-9286 Condition: Used. Time left: 17d 19h 42m 42s.

In 1974 when Sam Rivers cut Crystals, nobody was doing avant-garde jazz with a big band – big being somewhat of an understatement as Rivers had a 64-piece band at his disposal. Along with the fact that he composed Crystals from 1959 to 1972, what really makes this album special was the balance of improv and conceptualization braiding together. The opening Exultation explodes sounding like the listener has been dropped in the middle of a freeform maelstrom.

Rivers' tenure with the quintet was brief: he had engagements in Boston, and his playing style was too avant-garde for Davis during this period; he was replaced by Wayne Shorter shortly thereafter.

When Sam Rivers' Crystals was released in 1974, it had been over a decade since Ornette had worked with his Free Jazz Double Quartet, nine years since Coltrane assembled his Ascension band, and six since the first Jazz Composers' Orchestra Association was formed and whose first records were issued (a couple of members of that band also perform with Rivers here). A few of the names appearing here are Hamiet Bluiett, Richard Davis, Bob Stewart, John Stubblefield, Bill Barron, Robin Kenyatta, Julius Watkins, Norman Connors, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Hart, Ahmed Abdullah, Charles Sullivan, Clifford Thornton, Grachan Moncur, Ronnie Boykins, and Reggie Workman - and no pianist. Musically, this is the mature Sam Rivers speaking from the wide base of his knowledge as a composer, improviser, and conceptualist.

SAM RIVERS - Crystals. Filed under Progressive Big Band By SAM RIVERS. Bass – Gregory Maker Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Sam Rivers Drums, Percussion – Harold Smith, Warren Smith Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo Flute, Flute – Fred Kelly Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Piano – Roland Alexander Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Joe Ferguson Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Basset Horn, Bassoon – Paul Jeffrey Trombone – Charles Majeed Greenlee, Charles Stephens Trombone, Tuba – Joseph Daley Trumpet – Richard Williams


A1 Exultation 8:25
A2 Tranquility 8:58
A3 Postlude 2:31
B1 Bursts 6:51
B2 Orb 9:36
B3 Earth Song 4:09

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Manufactured By – EMI ITALIANA S.p.A.


  • Liner Notes – Sam Rivers
  • Producer – ed michel


Impulse ABC on black label with silver letters
Fully compatible Stereo / Quadraphonic recording.
All compositions by Sam Rivers

Orchestra with: 118 woodwinds, 3 tuba, 12 percussione, 18 trumpet & flughelhorn, 6 trombone, 7 bass violin.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: S.I.A.E.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ASD-9286 Sam Rivers Crystals ‎(LP, Album, Gat) ABC Impulse! ASD-9286 US 1974
314 589 760-2 Sam Rivers Crystals ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, Min) Impulse!, Verve Records 314 589 760-2 US 2002
ASD-9286 Sam Rivers Crystals ‎(LP, Promo, W/Lbl) Impulse! ASD-9286 US 1974
IMJ-80014 Sam Rivers Crystals ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse! IMJ-80014 Japan 1974
ASD-9286 Sam Rivers Crystals ‎(LP, Album, Quad, Gat) ABC Impulse! ASD-9286 US 1974