Sam Rivers

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz free jazz avant-garde saxophone avant-garde jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

25 September 1930, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA. Alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute and piano player and composer. After extensive studies, Rivers began playing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 40s. (His first professional engagement had been with Jimmy Witherspoon during his military service.) During the next few years he played mostly in the Boston area with Jaki Byard, Nat Pierce, Herb Pomeroy and the very young Tony Williams. He also worked in Florida in a band led by Don Wilkerson. It was not until 1964 that he achieved prominence when he joined Miles Davis thanks to the recommendation of Williams, then a member of Davis’ band. In the mid-60s he worked in New York, recording for Blue Note Records with Williams, Byard, Ron Carter and others. In the late 60s he continued recording with such artists as Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson and Julian Priester. Around this time he also began teaching and established a five-year association with Cecil...

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