1. Not that Rivers was playing at his peak at age 83, but the reunited trio confirms how varied and coherent free improvising can be. Its music provides a reminder of why folks sometimes call such endeavors “instant composing.” Rivers preached and practiced the idea that playing “free” meant free to include anything — you could play loud or quiet, lyrical or fragmented, tonal or atonal, flamenco or the blues.

    - Kevin Whitehead reviews Reunion: Live in New York — After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers’ Trio Resurfaces

  2. Sam Rivers' Trio

    Reunion: Live in New York

    Kevin Whitehead