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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


Article: Album Review

A.R.C.: A.R.C.

Read "A.R.C." reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Without the exploding theorems of multi-reedist/composer/alchemist Anthony Braxton, A.R.C., the multifarious rhythm trio of Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul, continue the grand work of the short-lived (but most esteemed) quartet Circle on this 1971 reissue and remaster of the exploratory and free flying A.R.C. Corea, who, after a short solo turn would ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II

Read "An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II" reviewed by David Brown

For this week's show, we again visit Europe with a variety of American artists performing and recording in France, living in France and collaborating with French artists. We'll also check out a few recent French Jazz releases all along the way. Etes-vous prêt?PlaylistThelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:50 ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation with Joe Chambers

Read "A Conversation with Joe Chambers" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published at All About Jazz on February 1999. We have always been quite puzzled as to why a musician that has worked alongside Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Charles Mingus, and Chick Corea would only ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Burrell: Harlem Rhapsody

Read "Harlem Rhapsody" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It would be an error to characterize pianist Dave Burrell as a witness to history. Avant-garde jazz history that is. The octogenarian was heard in the 1960s groups of Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Archie Shepp, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, and Grachan Moncur III, while also exchanging ideas in New York with Albert Ayler, Sam ...


Article: Album Review

Walter Smith III: Return To Casual

Read "Return To Casual" reviewed by Dave Linn

Walter Smith III released his debut album, Casually Introducing (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006), to enthusiastic reviews. On it, he covered Sam Rivers, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman and wrote the other six tracks, showcasing a mature and varied sense of composition. His playing and arrangements showed him to be a new, young (he was 26 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bruno Råberg

Read "Bruno Råberg" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

In this episode, the Spotlight shines On internationally-renowned bassist and composer Bruno Råberg.Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, Bruno has made many recordings as both a leader and sideman--and has performed with an incredible number of world-class artists--including Terri Lyne Carrington, Sam Rivers, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Matt Wilson, ...


Article: Liner Notes

Hal Galper Trio: Trip the Light Fantastic

Read "Hal Galper Trio: Trip the Light Fantastic" reviewed by Ken Dryden

This liner note assignment was very special to me, as it followed a phone interview that I did with Hal Galper that was a cover feature. Galper was ecstatic when it was published and called me one afternoon, exclaiming that the release date for his new CD was being moved up and he didn't have time ...


Article: Album Review

Melvin Smith: Perseverance

Read "Perseverance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Perseverance, Florida-bred saxophonist Melvin Smith's seventh album as leader of his own group, is a hard-blowing session on which he shows (again) that he is one of the leading bop-based reed masters on today's scene. On soprano or tenor, Smith displays a clarity of purpose and storehouse of astute phrases that serve him well at any ...


Article: Interview

Ed Cherry: Always Groovin’

Read "Ed Cherry: Always Groovin’" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I liked the look of it--I like the sound--the feel," says renowned guitarist Ed Cherry about the guitar, an instrument he has been playing for more than half a century. He long ago became a first-rate player with a warm sound and joyous approach. He is also diverse. He's played a myriad of styles ...


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