We remember Sam Rivers. ‘Rivers Songs’

This day (December 26, 2011), in Orlando, Florida, died Sam Rivers, an American jazz musician – soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano – and composer .

VIDEO DIGEST

Digest Tracklist :

w/ James Blood Ulmer . w/ Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, Don Pullen – Live in Germany (1992) . Beatrice (1989) . w/ Dizzy Gillespie – Tanga / Con Alma (1987) . Live in Germany (1979) .

TOP 10

Sam Rivers Top 10 :

Beatrice . Postlude . Luminous Monolith . Earth Song . Bursts . Point of Many Returns . Precis . Dance of the Tripedal . Mellifluous Cacophony . Paean .

SELECTED ALBUMS

Sam Rivers’ Streams is a live album recorded on July 6, 1973 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. >>

Recorded on March 17, 1967 (but not released until 1986), Dimensions & Extensions is an album by Sam Rivers. >>

Contours by Sam Rivers is his second (fully avant-garde) album recorded on May 21, 1965. >>

MORE VIDEOS

[1986] German television has gathered Sam Rivers (ts), Ed Cherry (g), John Lee (b), Ignacio Berroa (d), Hank Jones (p), Slide Hampton (tb), Johnny Griffin (ts), Jon Faddis (tp), Arturo Sandoval (tp), Eddie Gomez (b) and Ed Thigpen (d) for Dizzy Gillespie’s 70th Birthday Jubilee Session at Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, Germany >> 83 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1992] the James Blood Ulmer & Sam Rivers Quartet – that is James Blood Ulmer (voc,g), Sam Rivers (ts,ss,fl), Kim Clarke (b) and Aubrey Dayle (d) – plays at Jazztage in Leverkusen, Germany >> 61 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1978] the Sam Rivers Trio – that is Sam Rivers (s, fl, p, voc), Dave Holland (b, cello) & Thurman Barker (d, perc) * performs in Munich, Germany >> 60 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1998] Steve Coleman, Sam Rivers and The Council of Balance will play together at La Villette, Paris, France >> 52 MINUTES on RVM >>

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Wikipedia : This day (December 26, 2011), in Orlando, Florida, died Sam Rivers, an American jazz musician – soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano – and composer .

Official Web Site : Thematic material, which he estimates; will take at least a decade to expand into compositions ranging from 5 to 50 minutes. Through habit and as a mental exercise, he composed at least a page a day through a speed process of 15 minutes to a half an hour.

@allmusic : His sound was hard and extraordinarily well-centered, his articulation sharp, and his command of the tenor saxophone complete. Rivers’ playing sometimes had an unremitting seriousness that could be extremely demanding, even off-putting.

@last.fm : Rivers brought the conceptual tools of bebop harmony to a new level in this process, united at all times with the ability to “tell a story” which Lester Young had laid down as a benchmark for the jazz improviser.

@Discogs :

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