SAM RIVERS

Avant-Garde Jazz / Progressive Big Band / Post Bop / Eclectic Fusion • United States
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Saxophonist Sam Rivers came up as a bebop musician, but his adventurous style brought him into the realm of free improvisation, where he rose to prominence along with the spread of free jazz in the 1960s. Rivers grew up on the road with his parents, Lillain and Samuel, who were gospel musicians. He began studying at the Boston Conservatory in 1947, and transferred to Boston University, where he studied composition. He soon got involved in the Boston jazz scene working along other students who would become known jazz musicians: Jaki Byard, Gigi Gryce, and Paul Gonsalves among others. It was through an important acquaintance, a young Tony Williams, That Rivers met Miles Davis, and performed with the trumpet player’s quintet for a brief time. Rivers recorded Miles in Tokyo with the Miles Davis quintet, and though Davis eventually found a more fitting partner in Wayne Shorter, Rivers’ playing on this album read more...
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SAM RIVERS Fuchsia Swing Song album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
Fuchsia Swing Song
Post Bop 1965
SAM RIVERS A New Conception album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
A New Conception
Post Bop 1966
SAM RIVERS Contours album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Contours
Post Bop 1967
SAM RIVERS Crystals album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Crystals
Progressive Big Band 1974
SAM RIVERS Involution album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Involution
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
SAM RIVERS Sizzle album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Sizzle
Eclectic Fusion 1976
SAM RIVERS Rendez - Vous (with Mario Schiano) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rendez - Vous (with Mario Schiano)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS Vol. 2 (with Dave Holland) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Vol. 2 (with Dave Holland)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS Paragon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paragon
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS Waves album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Waves
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
SAM RIVERS Contrasts album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Contrasts
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers Winds Of Manhattan ‎: Colours album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sam Rivers Winds Of Manhattan ‎: Colours
Progressive Big Band 1983
SAM RIVERS Lazuli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lazuli
Eclectic Fusion 1990
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers - Noël Akchote - Tony Hymas - Paul Rogers - Jacques Thollot ‎: Configuration album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sam Rivers - Noël Akchote - Tony Hymas - Paul Rogers - Jacques Thollot ‎: Configuration
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
SAM RIVERS Inspiration album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Inspiration
Progressive Big Band 1999
SAM RIVERS Winter Garden (with Tony Hymas) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winter Garden (with Tony Hymas)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
SAM RIVERS Culmination album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Culmination
Progressive Big Band 1999
SAM RIVERS Vista album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Vista
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SAM RIVERS Rivbea Orchestra: Aurora album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Rivbea Orchestra: Aurora
Progressive Big Band 2005
SAM RIVERS Violet Violets (with Ben Street & Kresten Osgood) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Violet Violets (with Ben Street & Kresten Osgood)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
SAM RIVERS Purple Violets album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Purple Violets
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005

SAM RIVERS EPs & splits

SAM RIVERS Jazz Of The Seventies : Una Muy Bonita album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Of The Seventies : Una Muy Bonita
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS Flutes! (with James Newton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flutes! (with James Newton)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977

SAM RIVERS live albums

SAM RIVERS Streams album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Streams
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
SAM RIVERS Hues album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hues
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
SAM RIVERS The Quest (aka I Grandi Del Jazz aka Vision) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Quest (aka I Grandi Del Jazz aka Vision)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
SAM RIVERS Black Africa! Villalago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Africa! Villalago
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS Black Africa! Perugia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Africa! Perugia
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS The Tuba Trio : Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tuba Trio : Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS The Tuba Trio ‎: Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tuba Trio ‎: Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS The Tuba Trio ‎: Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tuba Trio ‎: Essence - The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz Vol. 3
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
SAM RIVERS The Live Trio Sessions (aka Trio Live) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Live Trio Sessions (aka Trio Live)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
SAM RIVERS Crosscurrent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crosscurrent
Eclectic Fusion 1982
SAM RIVERS JazzbuhneBerlin 1982, Vol.10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
JazzbuhneBerlin 1982, Vol.10
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
SAM RIVERS Concept album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concept
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
SAM RIVERS Portrait album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Portrait
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
SAM RIVERS Tangens (with Alexander von Schlippenbach) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tangens (with Alexander von Schlippenbach)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
SAM RIVERS Eight Day Journal (with Tony Hymas) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eight Day Journal (with Tony Hymas)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
SAM RIVERS Firestorm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Firestorm
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers, Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole, Jonathan Powell & David Manson : Fluid Motion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers, Doug Mathews, Anthony Cole, Jonathan Powell & David Manson : Fluid Motion
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
SAM RIVERS Celebration album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Celebration
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra - Trilogy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra - Trilogy
Progressive Big Band 2011
SAM RIVERS Reunion: Live In New York  (with Dave Holland / Barry Altschul) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Reunion: Live In New York (with Dave Holland / Barry Altschul)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers Quartet : Live in Vancouver album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers Quartet : Live in Vancouver
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers, Tony Hymas, Noël Akchoté, Paul Rogers, Jacques Thollot : Lyon 29.03.1997 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers, Tony Hymas, Noël Akchoté, Paul Rogers, Jacques Thollot : Lyon 29.03.1997
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers trio - featuring Cecil McBee and Norman Connors : Emanation album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sam Rivers trio - featuring Cecil McBee and Norman Connors : Emanation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
SAM RIVERS Zenith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zenith
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
SAM RIVERS Ricochet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ricochet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers Quartet : Braids album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers Quartet : Braids
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers Quartet : Undulation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers Quartet : Undulation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2021
SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers Quartet : Archive series. Volume 6 - Caldera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Rivers Quartet : Archive series. Volume 6 - Caldera
Avant-Garde Jazz 2022

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SAM RIVERS re-issues & compilations

SAM RIVERS Dimensions and Extensions album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Dimensions and Extensions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
SAM RIVERS The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
SAM RIVERS Archive Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive Series
Avant-Garde Jazz 2023

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SAM RIVERS Sizzle

Album · 1976 · Eclectic Fusion
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Strangest Sam Rivers album ever - instead of the free-bop of his early works or the avant-garde jazz he is well-known for, Rivers plays four long fast-tempo funky pieces in a style one could expect from Sonny Sharrock or Ronald Shannon Jackson.

The band contains two drummers (incl. Barry Altschul), Dave Holland on bass/cello and guitarist Ted Dunbar. Rivers himself plays sax, piano and a lot of flute. Released on his regular Impulse! label, this album didn't reach the target listeners for that sort of music and critics didn't receive it well.

Energetic and straight-forward, this album's music has its moments, but comparing with much more complex and knotty River's regular albums of the time, it is simply not the work of his league.

SAM RIVERS Sam Rivers trio - featuring Cecil McBee and Norman Connors : Emanation

Live album · 2019 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Reedist Sam Rivers was one of key figures in New York loft jazz, but before that he did his name playing as a member of Cecil Taylor's group. Rivers left only a limited amount of recordings coming from the 70s, so any archival release from that time attracts interest of artist's fans.

"Emanation" comes from 1971 Rivers' Jazz Workshop residency in Boston and contains just one 76-minutes long track, divided in two parts because of physical vinyl album space limitations. "Emanation" represents a rare recording of early Rivers' trio with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Norman Connors, which has been documented only once till now - on excellent (and as well live) "Stream", recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973 and released same year on Impulse!.

Trio format for Rivers usually was a platform for his most freer experiments and "Emanation" is no exemption. The album opens with inspired sax soloing tuneful and playful, and high energizing all at once. Sound quality is quite acceptable for such sort of recordings, but the mix is a real problem here. Drums fill the sound mix with lot of cymbals, but what is even worse - at 11:25 Rivers leaves the scene for McBee's almost five minutes long bass solo improv, during which the listener hears almost nothing, especially during the very first minutes. Bass is placed far behind the scene on the sound mix, and it's a real pity since McBee does a really great job here.

At 16:00 Rivers returns with flute, and then switches to piano (sounding a bit out of tune and too far behind the scene in the mix as well). Still in whole the recording demonstrates pretty well the spirit and energy of the time, and evidences Rivers great ability at playing post-bop rooted free jazz in his own inspired and quite accessible way.

"Emanation" is a great addition for Rivers (who was under-documented, especially during his early solo period) fans. Not really a place to start for newbies, it is a valuable evidence of this great artist's legacy and in general - the spirit of the time.

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