Sam Rivers – Contours (1965)

Sam Rivers, a veteran jazz multi-instrumentalist, was forty-two years old when he assembled this Blue Note LP, only his second as leader. Unlike his debut Fuchsia Swing Song (1964) which, while adventurous, was unmistakably hard-bop, his approach on Contours is resolutely avant garde and informed by new ideas in jazz and influences absorbed during his … Continue reading Sam Rivers – Contours (1965)

Tina Brooks – True Blue (1960)

If you have never heard the albums of Tina Brooks then you have hidden gems awaiting you whose secrets will reveal themselves gradually and alluringly. Each of his four sessions as leader are full of spirited playing and his compositions are wonderful melodic frameworks crammed with inventive harmony, internal nuance and drive. Prepare to be … Continue reading Tina Brooks – True Blue (1960)