Remembering Sam Rivers

English: Sam Rivers

Sam Rivers (1923 - 2011)

A true giant of jazz and be-bop passed away on December 26 at the age of 88.  Sam Rivers, played saxophone, clarinet, piano and flute, with some harmonica.  His career spanned 60 years and included both him as a bandleader and several stints as a side-man for such greats as Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor and Dave Holland.  He had recorded 24 albums in his time.  His songwriting included such standards as “Beatrice”, which is the first video I have chosen.  This is a live version, recorded in 1989 with the Sam Rivers Quartet.  The song is mellow, but showcases Sam’s saxophone playing.


My second choice is a video with James Blood Ulmer, again live, and 1993ish.



About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of music and travel posts and a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Canuck.

Posted on December 31, 2011, in Jazz, Live Music, Music, Remembering and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. How he wasn’t as big a name as Miles astounds me.

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