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Samuel Carthorne Rivers (born September 25, 1923, El Reno, Oklahoma) is a jazz musician and composer. He performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, and piano. Rivers was previously thought to have been born in 1930. Rivers's father was a gospel musician who had sung with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Silverstone Quartet, exposing Rivers to music from an early age. Rivers moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1947, where he studied at the Boston Conservatory with Alan Hovhaness. He performed with Quincy Jones, Herb Pomeroy, Tadd Dameron and others. In 1959 Rivers began performing with 13-year-old drummer Tony Williams, who later went on to have an impressive career

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Sam Rivers Quintet: Zenith

Read "Zenith" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Probabilmente è questa l'unica data che vede all'opera questo quintetto e sicuramente è questa l'unica registrazione conosciuta. Siamo durante il tour europeo datato ottobre-novembre 1977 nel quale Sam Rivers tiene concerti a capo della Rivbea Orchestra, o suonando in quartetto, in trio, in duo e per l'appunto in quintetto, in sostanza il quartetto stabile dell'epoca con ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

The Best of Belgian Jazz 19|20 Flagey Bruxelles 15-16.2.2020 Giunto alla sua sesta edizione, il festival jazz di Bruxelles è diventato in breve tempo un importante punto di riferimento per l'attivissima scena musicale belga, grazie a un programma che dà molto spazio ai giovani musicisti locali, pur senza rinunciare a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

February 50th Anniversary Blue Notes & More

Read "February 50th Anniversary Blue Notes & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week on Gift & Messages we mark 50th anniversary of Blue Note releases from February 1970 by flautist Jeremy Steig (Wayfaring Stranger with Eddie Gomez on bass), McCoy Tyner (Extensions with Wayne Shorter, Gary Bartz and Alice Coltrane), and Duke Pearson (I Don't Care Who Knows It), as well as BN-18 from Edmond Hall with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Rivers Quintet: Zenith

Read "Zenith" reviewed by John Sharpe

Concertgoers must have been forced back in their seats by the intensity of Sam Rivers opening foray at the 1977 Berlin Jazztage Festival. After an annunciatory tenor saxophone burst, he goes for the jugular with fierce vocalized overblowing atop a churning four piece rhythm section. But if that sounds forbidding, then like the audience, listeners to ...

Emanation

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Emanation Part I; Emanation Part II.

Zenith

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Universal Message

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hal Galper Trio: The Zone: Live At The Yardbird Suite

Read "The Zone: Live At The Yardbird Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Hal Galper has rounded out a career spanning five decades with his stint at Origin Records, beginning with Furious Rubato (2007) and wrapping things up--or so it was rumored--with 2018's Cubist. Most of these are trio affairs featuring bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, with Cubist adding saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi to the mix. All ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

Read "Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...


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