Paragon.France: Fluid, 1977 Stock Code: 144634
First pressing of the first album issued by the short-lived Fluid label, signed boldly in full in black marker pen on the front cover by Sam Rivers and Dave Holland; the pairing of these autographs is highly uncommon.
The French avant-garde label Fluid released just four albums but in doing so managed to record Archie Shepp (A Touch of the Blues and Maple Leaf Rag) and Max Roach (Confirmation). On Paragon, recorded in Paris in April 1977, Rivers and Holland are accompanied by Barry Altshul on drums. "Rivers is a giant thinker. While his Blue Note recordings are certainly more accessible to the average listener, it is his remarkable trio output that is the core of his musical thought. Rivers is a player whose playing brooks no argument. There aren't many who can hang, even in a supporting role. There certainly isn't room for other soloists. This is sweeping, grand, muscular music, as regular and jagged as a seismograph, or the jittering of a lie detector. Here, he's supported by two men perfectly suited for their roles, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul. Fine musicians, here they are extensions of the music that pours from Rivers" (Rob Ferrier for AllMusic). This pressing with "D. P." on the label and the runout stamped "001 FLU101 A" and "001 FLUID 101 B".
12-inch vinyl LP (Fluid-101) new plain paper sleeve (original sleeve also present), original album cover.
Spine a little sunned, very minor shelf wear otherwise very good; disc in excellent condition.
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