Inside, outside and beyond jazz heroes Sam Rivers & Don Pullen together

Sam Rivers and Don Pullen performed together — I had completely forgotten. “Capricorn Rising” is an 11-minute almost entirely duet track from a 1975 album of the same name. And in the ensemble Roots the two were joined by saxophonists Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman and Nathan Davis, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Idris Muhammad, recording the album Stablemates and captured on video, playing “Lester Leaps In” — perfect example of stretching “jazz” while honoring it (name those quotes and allusions!).

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  1. Bob Gluck says

    Thanks for posting this video. The closing three minutes is such classic Pullen solo; it’s great to watch him in action.

  2. Kevin Whitehead says

    Though the band rarely featured a pianist, Don also played a short European tour with Sam’s 17-piece RivBea Orchestra, in the fall of 1977.