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Dave Holland, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton

Conference of the Birds (LP)

Label: ECM Records

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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**2022 Stock. Originally released in June 1973, audiophile pressing taken from the original analog tapes** It had been preceded by ECM duo albums with Barre Phillips and with Derek Bailey as well as the cooperative band Circle’s great Paris Concert, but Conference of the Birds, recorded in 1972, was Dave Holland’s first album as a full-fledged leader. An album of driving, progressive jazz it is also of historical significance as the only occasion when Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton, two of the music’s most strikingly original saxophonists, recorded together. Inside Dave’s compositions they could meet – if briefly - and share ideas. This summit meeting received raves from the press. “If you’ve found the new music lacking in swing, cohesion and variety, get to this album,” insisted Down Beat in a five star review. “It’s Holland’s date but each man contributes equally. The six Holland tunes offer great improvisational frameworks, and his bass playing, both arco and pizzicato, couldn’t be better… Don’t miss this one.”

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File under: free improvisation
Cat. number: ECM 1027
Year: 2021
Notes:
Recorded on November 30, 1972 at Allegro Studio, New York City Cover art: Pueblo Designs and The Book of Signs Printed in W. Germany

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