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Sam Rivers

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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

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Caldera

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Improvisation I; Bass Solo; Unity; Beatrice; Drum Solo; Improvisation II’ Offering; Improvisation III.

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Life Time & Spring Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Two Pieces of One: Red; Two Pieces of One: Green; Tomorrow Afternoon; Memory; Bach’s Song to the Wizard; Extras; Echo; From Before; Love Song; Tee.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sam, Miles and Trane

Read "Sam, Miles and Trane" reviewed by Bob Osborne


For the 500th episode of the World of Jazz show some of my favourite musicians with a focus on Sam Rivers, a new album from Nate Wooley, and a selection of music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane. To kick off jazz meets afrobeat in 1972 with Hugh Masakela. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Hugh ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz

Read "Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz" reviewed by David Brown


I'm nostalgic for jny: New Orleans. Once my home, I just visited after 19 years. This week, R&B with Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe & Professor Longhair. Then trad jazz with Panorama Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. We'll second line with the Panorama, Treme, Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Averhoff, Jr.: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Perhaps his best recording to date, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr. presents the sparkling Together, a Latin jazz album capturing a range of Afro-Cuban rhythms from wild gyrating beats to emotional moments and including contemporary jazz elements emerging on such standards as Sam Rivers “Beatrice" and Charlie Parker's “Donna Lee." This is no ordinary album ...

Article: Album Review

Tony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited

Read "Life Time & Spring Revisited" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Tony Williams è uno dei più importanti batteristi della storia. Non solo del jazz, ma della musica in generale. Solitamente questa considerazione, ampiamente condivisa, fa riferimento alla sua lunga esperienza come batterista dei quintetti di Miles Davis della seconda metà degli anni sessanta ed eventualmente al suo ruolo di leader del gruppo Tony Williams Lifetime nato ...

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Article: Live Review

Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Ravi Coltrane SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California April 29, 2022 When you have a famous father, whether you are Seun Kuti, Miley Cyrus, or one of the innumerable talented offspring of other celebrated musicians, expectations can be enormous. That especially holds true when one is the second son of the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister

Read "Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister" reviewed by David Brown


Sonny Rollins is famous for the pianoless trio. He said the lack of chordal instruments gave him more freedom for soloing. Tonight, a smorgasbord of trios sans pianos. Offering lots of space for soloists and collective interplay. Note: Due to a loose board plug, songs two and three play in mono. The issue was resolved during ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...


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