Colours is right – as the sound here is rich in complicated tones, the sort you might not be likely to hear on other albums by Sam Rivers – played by a very unique all-horn lineup! Although Sam got increasingly free in his smaller group recordings of the late 70s, this early 80s date has him working with a really inventive large ensemble – one made up from players on both sides of the avant tracks, blowing a range of reeds that come together beautifully – swinging without any rhythm section at all, and creating these cascading waves of sound that are wonderful. Players include Marvin Blackman, Talib Kibwe, Chris Roberts, Bobby Watson, Steve Coleman, Nat Dixon, Patience Higgins, and Jimmy Cozier – and each group members plays more than one sax or flute. Titles include "Lilacs", "Colours", "Matrix
", "Revival", "Blossoms", and "Spiral" – all originals by Rivers.
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)