Contours (album)

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Studio album by Sam Rivers
Released January 1967[1]
Recorded May 21, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:08
Label Blue Note
BST 84206
Producer Alfred Lion
Sam Rivers chronology
Fuchsia Swing Song
A New Conception

Contours is the second album by American saxophonist Sam Rivers recorded in 1965 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] The CD reissue contains an alternate take as a bonus track.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 5 stars and stated "On Contours, his second Blue Note album, tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers fully embraced the avant-garde, but presented his music in a way that wouldn't be upsetting or confusing to hard bop loyalists... Rarely is Contours anything less than enthralling, and it remains one of the high watermarks of the mid-'60s avant-garde movement".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam Rivers
  1. "Point of Many Returns" - 9:20
  2. "Dance of the Tripedal" - 10:07
  3. "Euterpe" - 11:43
  4. "Mellifluous Cacophony" - 8:58
  5. "Mellifluous Cacophony" [Alternate Take] - 9:04 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Billboard Jan 28, 1967
  2. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 22, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed November 22, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 168. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.