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Sam Rivers

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: September 25, 1923 | Died: December 26, 2011    

Sam Rivers

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. Rivers did a brief stint with Miles Davis's quintet in 1964, partly at Williams's recommendation. This quintet was recorded on a single album, Miles in Tokyo. Unfortunately, Rivers' playing style was too free to be compatible with Davis's music at this point, and he was soon replaced by Wayne Shorter. Rivers was signed by Blue Note Records, for whom he recorded four albums as leader and made several sideman appearances. Among noted sidemen on his own Blue Note Records were Jaki Byard who appears on Fuschia Swing Song, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. He appeared on Blue Note recordings of Tony Williams, Andrew Hill and Larry Young....
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    Contrasts

    ECM Records
    2014
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    Reunion: Live In New York

    Pi Recordings
    2012
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    Fuchsia Swing Song

    Blue Note Records
    2011
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    Black Africa! Villalago

    FMP
    2009
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    Violet Violets

    Stunt Records/Sundance Music
    2005
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    Contours

    Blue Note Records
    2005
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    Purple Violets

    Stunt Records/Sundance Music
    2005
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